I agree completely with the two excellent posts above. Are you talking about how you are feeling with your partner, maternal health nurse and GP? Caring for a baby can be very stressful especially for a first time parent.
It may seem difficult to find the time and energy to have some time off from your baby, but this is key to how you will be able to cope with your full time job. New mothers often feel like they do not want to be apart from their babies, or worry that other people will not be able to care for them the same way, or feel guilty for taking some time for themselves. I cannot stress enough how important it is to schedule this regular time off, as you will experience “burnout” otherwise.
Pay attention to your diet - make sure you are eating healthy meals regularly, and avoiding the “crutches” of too much sugar, fat and caffeine. Eat unrefined, unprocessed foods with plenty of protein, and ensure you are eating adequate amounts if you are breastfeeding. Low fat dairy, fresh vegetables, lean poultry and fish and lean red meat, legumes, nuts and some fruit as well as unrefined cereals are key in your diet. For example, you could have yoghurt with muesli for breakfast, a tuna and avocado sandwich for lunch, and salad with grilled lean meat at dinner, and snack in between on nuts, vegetables, fruit, yoghurt, and low fat cheese. Tea is a wonderful drink as it refreshes you as well as calms you - now, if only us mums could have a hot cup of tea all the time!
Exercise does wonderful things to lift your spirits. Perhaps your time off could be going for a walk for 20-30 minutes and building up to half an hour, on most days of the week. Going to postnatal yoga or pilates can be a good choice as well.
Also, if you are having troubles with your baby's routine or sleep, seek help! See your maternal and child health nurse for advice in the first case. Sorting these issues out can greatly decrease maternal stress.
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