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