PRI­ORI­TISE YOUR­SELF

Good Health Choices - - Be Informed -

Fluc­tu­at­ing hor­mones, try­ing to be su­per­mum, not ask­ing for help and suf­fer­ing in si­lence can make you sus­cep­ti­ble to de­vel­op­ing men­tal health is­sues. Hav­ing a sup­port net­work in place can help you ease more gen­tly into your new life and re­duce your chances of de­vel­op­ing prob­lems. Try to:

Sleep and rest as much as you can. Nap when the baby sleeps, and learn to say yes to of­fers of help so you can make it a pri­or­ity to have a bit of time to your­self ev­ery day.

For­get about try­ing to be the per­fect mother. It might seem like ev­ery­one else has it all to­gether but there is no such thing. Tak­ing care of your needs is the best thing you can do for your baby.

Eat fre­quent, nu­tri­tious meals that are rich in pro­tein and healthy fats.

Ask for help. If you’re not cop­ing, don’t be em­bar­rassed to reach out. Pre­tend­ing that you’re cop­ing to your part­ner or sup­port net­work when you’re not will make you feel iso­lated. Reach out to fam­ily and friends and let them know what’s go­ing on.

Make time to spend with your part­ner. It might seem dif­fi­cult right now but it is easy to lose sight of your re­la­tion­ship in those first few weeks and months of par­ent­hood. Think of it as an in­vest­ment in your fam­ily’s fu­ture hap­pi­ness.

Don’t be afraid to see your doc­tor if some­thing doesn’t feel right, phys­i­cally or men­tally.

Hav­ing a sup­port net­work in place can help you ease more gen­tly

into your new life

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