Is life with a newborn very stressful? No one can foresee what life will be like with a baby. You may smile serenely when you hear tales of crying babies in almost sleepless nights or changing tights for the tenth time in a day. But until you find out for yourself, you can not feel it.You may be able to reorganize a complete office during your lunch break. However, with a baby you start from scratch and may feel overwhelmed. So if you walk around in pajamas for lunch and you can not pack everything to go shopping - remember: you're not alone!
What problems can occur after birth?
As a newly minted mother, you've just come through the wonderful but extremely stressful experience of a birth (Bandolier 2007). Maybe now the first euphoria about your baby has given way to more desperation.Your hormones can jump and your happiness can quickly turn into baby blues. These feelings usually reach their peak five to six days after the child is born (Bandolier 2007). You may need to recover from surgery, sutures, or bruising, or you may be suffering from the effects of birth such as back pain, constipation, or hemorrhoids. At the same time, despite permanent lack of sleep, you are trying to find a breastfeeding rhythm with your child (NCCPC 2006: 10).
It's quite possible that your partner will not be better off sleeping. If he is the family breadwinner and loves his family, he tries to do the balancing act between full-time work and family man. If you notice it's getting too much, you might suggest that you sleep separately for the first few weeks.
When your baby is born, you need to recover, both physically and mentally. Being a mother is a long way from an easy exercise.
How much will my baby influence my everyday life?
Reset some gears, because living with an infant can mean chaos. Not only are you so tired that you can barely keep your eyes open, it can be a feat to dress in the morning.
It may seem like your baby needs to be wrapped just when you've got your clothes ready to get dressed or are about to pick up the phone.If you take a hot bath, your baby is guaranteed to cry. If the consolation is finally over, unfortunately, the water has already become cold again. Feeding your baby will make you forget to have your own breakfast.You are experiencing the scary realization that from now on you are responsible for a little baby. For his care, his protection and his food. And that 24 hours a day, seven days a week, although you have little or no experience or knowledge.
You are expected to go to check-ups with your baby, take care of his mental development and advancement, and sort out the dirty laundry as well. No one should be surprised if you are simply overwhelmed by your new life situation.
How do I learn to handle the stress better?
Getting to know this new creature better, its behavior, its personality, can be stressful. And that, although you were so happy, so happy when it was born.
On some days, grudging responsibility and daily chores leave you no room to enjoy your baby or relax for a while.But between the sixth and eighth weeks of your baby's life, you will slowly gain security and a certain routine will come. However, if you find this initial phase very tiring, here are some tips:
Some days with a baby seem endless. It is worthwhile consciously taking steps that provide variety. Every day, in all weathers, plan a short walk to avoid campers. When your baby cries, put it in the stroller and take your baby for a walk. He can slowly calm down and fall asleep.
Such a small scene change with fresh air and a bit of exercise quickly lifts your mood and that of your baby as well (Bandolier 2007, Daley et al 2007, NCCPC 2006: 29, NHS 2010). You will also experience that you frequently engage in conversation with other people during walks. Especially if you are traveling with your child!
Take care of your diet
Even if it seems totally tempting to grab sweets or nibbles when you feel exhausted - do not do it (Bandolier 2007, DH 2009: 140, NCCPC 2006). With a healthy diet, you can sustainably recover from birth and fill up your energy reserves (DH 2009: 140).
If you do not want to cook extra, grab light snacks and meals. Such as B. a grill potato with tuna and beans or a wholemeal sandwich with hummus and lettuce (DH 2009: 140).
Eat wholegrain products, fresh fruits and vegetables wherever possible (Geary 2010). Proteins such as meat, fish, beans, eggs, cheese, nuts and seeds should also be on your daily diet (Geary 2010).That's important, whether you breastfeed or bottle your baby.
Do not ask too much of yourself yet. If the laundry is growing and the dishwasher has not been cleared - that can wait. Important at the beginning of your maternity is only the time you spend with your baby.
If you're busy, write a to-do list. Whenever you have done something, put a check mark next to the point. So you can enjoy every evening, when you have done something. About every point you could tick off, even if it was just one … This method is far more satisfying than if you only saw the undetected work (Sharman 2009).
Be as budget-friendly as possible for the first few weeks. Your baby does not care if dust is wiped or freshly vacuumed daily.
If it's your first baby, you'll probably feel lonely at times and cut off from your old world. It's quite possible that your partner will do the same. Although there are some ways to maintain old friendships DH 2009: 145).
Try to stay in touch with mothers or parents from the birth preparation class. So you can exchange ideas and your children will get to know each other gradually. But even if you have not attended a course, there are many opportunities to socialize and meet other mothers.
If you do not know any other parents or mothers in your next home, try a mom-and-miss group. It takes a bit of overcoming, but it allows you to make new contacts and get the chance to make new friends (Bandolier 2007, DH 2009: 150).
You think you're the only one with rings under your eyes and milk stains on your T-shirt? Are you convinced that any other mother will cope with the new situation more calmly and calmly than you, coping better with all the challenges of the new motherhood than you? You will find out in the group that the other mothers are the same or worse than you. The exchange of experiences and the knowledge that other mothers are just like you will be good for you. You are not alone, you are not an incompetent mother and everything will be fine.
Ask your gynecologist / gynecologist and midwife for a nearby mother-and-child group. Go, even if you are not really convinced (DH 2009: 150, NCCPC 2006). Getting to know other mothers and perhaps even making new friends can become a lifeline and save you from loneliness. There may also be maternal and child gymnastics groups, where the sessions are combined with light gymnastics.
Accept any help offered to you (Bandolier 2007, DH 2009: 143).If your mom wants to take your shopping and your girlfriend offers ironing assistance - do not be shy, say YES. All these offers are a help for you and do not show your weakness. Get a visit, do not offer tea, but ask your visit to cook you tea. If the help is not available, then read our tips on how to come to the rescue.
Take some time for yourself
Even if you can not lie down with your child for a while, it's important to take a break, no matter how brief. Take a break from time to time and treat yourself to something good. Whether it's a hot bath, painting your fingernails, reading a few pages of a book or newspaper, or talking to a friend. No matter, the main thing, you are doing well (DH 2009: 142, Sharman 2009).
If you are very tired but have no sleep, close your eyes for 10 minutes and relax (DH 2009: 142). Just rest, meditate, or do some yoga exercises that you learned during birth preparation.
When will my baby and I get some routine?
If your environment asks you if your baby already has a certain amount of routine, this question will probably seem very strange to you. Baby and routine, that contradicts?
But there's good news: The more you and your baby get to know each other, the sooner you'll recognize your needs and know what your baby likes and does not like.
After the first six weeks, your baby may start with some nursing and sleep routine. But also, if not, do not worry, with each week you both learn to do so. Some babies take longer than others.If the daily routine is more routine, it can be better planned for the next day, for example, the check-ups with the pediatrician or the visit to the mother-child group. All of this works better if you feel that you have a little bit more control over your daily routine.
Even if your life changes completely from the moment of parenthood, the efforts of the first weeks of life are over. If not now, then soon. Do not worry!
Read our Fathers tips on how to get started with a newborn for the first few weeks.
Healthy postnatal care
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