When a woman is expecting, she eagerly anticipates the birth of her baby. For nine months she has dreamed about holding her infant, counting the tiny toes and examining every inch of the newest member of her family. Most women can’t wait to get to know this precious, brand-new person. Whether a new mother is preparing for her first baby, or an experienced mother is trying to plan for how to balance a new baby with other children, the transition to motherhood is different with every baby.
Preparing for labor and delivery has probably consumed most of a mother’s time. Taking childbirth classes, planning for natural or medicated pain management and setting up a nursery are all common steps that consume much of a woman’s pregnancy. Although labor and delivery is a big event in a mother’s life, it is a small stepping stone on the journey to motherhood, so many preparations should be made for post-delivery as well.
Just like anything else, making a plan can help diminish worries. A new mother should plan for the inevitable chaos that a new baby will bring to her usual schedule as much as possible. An expectant mother may want to consider making a few casseroles for the freezer that will feed the family in the first few weeks of the baby’s life. In the last few weeks of pregnancy, an expectant mother may want to make an effort to keep the house clean and the laundry caught up so she doesn’t have to worry about those chores when she returns home or when guests visit the new baby.
The postpartum period is not the time for a mother to try to do it all on her own. Mothers with a newborn should try to recruit help from family and friends in the first few weeks. However, a new mother should choose her helpers wisely; having trusted family and friends around will keep a mother comfortable. Mothers should not be embarrassed about taking advantage of friends who offer to help in the first few weeks. Most of the time, people are eager to help and would gladly come watch the children while the new mother takes a nap or a shower.
Motherhood changes the mindset of a woman, especially for first time mothers. A woman who is accustomed to staying busy with work may chafe at staying home on her maternity leave. Feeling too tired to get anything done can be frustrating to women used to having a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. New mothers should understand that, although they may not get to household chores or workplace tasks each day, they are still accomplishing a lot by feeding, changing and holding their babies. Women who are frustrated in the postpartum period should realize that this season of life is very short, and it will not be long before they are back to normal.
The postpartum period can seem a bit overwhelming, but by recruiting help and planning ahead, mothers can stay positive and enjoy this transient period of their lives. Although a new mother may be exhausted, the first few weeks of a baby’s life are a precious time that should be savored.
“This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche. If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26.”
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