Coping as a new mom is pretty stressful on its own without a pandemic thrown in the mix. But, that’s our reality now. You’ll also be going through your postpartum period, which is exhausting, overwhelming yet beautiful and amazing. So, we have to find ways to cope for our baby, ourselves, and our family.
Here are a few things you can do to help you cope in this stressful yet happy time. After all, your baby is home with you, and you have plenty of time to bond as a family. It won’t be easy, knowing you have to stay locked-in at home. But it’ll be worth it in the end just as long as you take care of your physical and mental health.
6 Tips to Cope as a New Mom
1. Build a mommy network
Reach out to other new moms. You can set up chat groups or video meetings. Lean on each other and laugh about the ups and downs of being new moms. Connect with your family and friends – virtually (have to keep your newborn and immediate family safe). Isolation during stay-at-home mode is the last thing you want to do.
2. Limit social media and news consumption
It can get overwhelming really quick with up-to-the-minute news coming at you fast. So, to keep calm for you, your baby, and your family, keep news and social media to a minimum. Limit the scrolling through Instagram and Facebook. Read some books or watch an uplifting movie. Play a few games.
3. Get some fresh air
No, we aren’t talking about driving out to a park. Instead, walk around the yard if you have space. Make sure your baby is fully covered though, and in comfy clothes and their cute baby caps.
4. No routine is a good routine
Newborns don’t have a routine. So, it’ll be difficult in the early days and months to set a routine. They’ll wake, sleep, and eat when they want. Just go with the flow for now, and, pretty soon, you’ll fall into a nice rhythm that suits you and your baby.
5. Take care of your health
Make sure you’re eating properly. If you’re not up to cooking, order in healthy meals. And if you’re breastfeeding, remember you need to drink up to 3 liters a day of baby-friendly liquids (like water, teas, etc.)
6. Have a self-care routine
You’ll feel such a big difference just taking a shower and changing out of your PJs. Do something that calms you and helps you relax (no, no wine as yet). Just joking, we know you already know that. But, it’s good to take a break when you can, relax and read a book or watch a funny movie. Take up those crafts you used to enjoy, like knitting or even learn a new one.
Baby Care in Isolation
Coping with isolation and being a new mom will be challenging. But, taking care of you is taking care of your baby. Your mental health is important during a crisis like this one. So, let’s not make the quarantine beat us at being moms in this period.
When you’re OK, it’s easier for you to give your baby the love and care they need in the early months and beyond.
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