As I look back on those first few weeks and months of being a new mom, there are so many thing I'd wish I'd known. My best friend is getting ready to have her first child and as I thought of all the things to tell her, this blog post was born.
1. Don't expect to fit back into your pre-pregnancy clothes immediately.
I knew everyone said it would take time, but I seriously tried on my jeans two days after having my first baby just to “see” if they'd fit. They didn't. It took 40 weeks (give or take a few) to develop your baby, don't expect your body to undo all of that in a few days or weeks.
2. Drink lots of water.
Especially if you're breast feeding. Your body needs water and keeping a water bottle next to you will help you remember to drink. Once the baby falls asleep in your lap, you won't want to get up, so just have that bottle of water next to you before you sit down. (In fact, you should start your day with water, too.)
3. Have meals planned out or in the freezer.
Your time will be taken up healing from birth and taking care of your precious newborn. If you haven't showered yet and suddenly realize that supper should be ready in 20 minutes, it's all too easy to panic. Put together your favorite slow cooker and freezer meals before you have the baby so you've got something to fall back on. Here's our favorite slow cooker cabbage rolls.
4. Make your food count.
With interrupted sleep, taking care of a baby, a whole new schedule, a recovering body, and all of your regular responsibilities it can be easy to reach for sugar or caffeine for energy. Resist. Instead go for fermented foods rich with probiotics, nourishing bone broth, and healthy fats. Here are our easy real food swaps to help makeover your recipes.
5. Let people help you.
If someone asks if they can help, let them. When I had my second child my mother-in-law asked if she could bring supper one night. It was a relief to know I didn't have to come up with dinner and could relax and enjoy the company with our new baby. (I hadn't planned ahead with those meals or freezer cooking…)
6. Don't worry about how things look.
I knew people would want to come and see my new baby. I also knew it would be at my house. I worried if things were picked up, floors clean, windows smudge free. But my friends and family were there to celebrate the beautiful new life in our family, not the cleanliness of our home.
7. Turn your anxieties over to God.
As this new little life fills your heart like nothing you can imagine, you'll worry. You'll worry something will happen to them, you'll worry you'll fail as a parent, you'll worry about anything and everything since you want nothing but happiness and goodness to touch your baby. You'll stand there and watch them breathe, finding it the most fascinating thing you've ever witnessed. When worry starts (and it will), hand it over to God in prayer. He knew no one else was better equipped to be a mother to this baby and He doesn't make mistakes. He'll lead and guide you on this new road called motherhood.
Do you have any tips for new mothers?
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