Six Weeks Postnatal … the Real Deal.
Imagine that moment when you find out you’re pregnant and someone says “yep, but six weeks postnatal, they’re out, and your life will literally be a repeat of Boob-Burp-Cry”.
And if bottle feeding it’s more like “Bottle, Burp, (Sterilise Bottles), Cry.”
I often touch base for a phone call to our PregActive Mothers between 4 to 6 weeks. The newborn bubble has started to wear off by then.
Your very patient caring partner is starting to crack under the lack of quality sleep. And the demand of keeping this little human you both created is now alive and well!
You are sick of eating muesli bars and toast.
Those meals your caring friends and family bought over have somehow vanished. You have no energy and even less motivation. And you haven’t showered in… what day is it?
It’s the little things that are going to help you through this time, and I’ve complied a list of six tips to help you at this six week mark. Because it ain’t easy, but you got this girl. And the PregActive tribe have got your back.
If you have more tips you’d love to share to the new mothers of the world, Please Contact Me, I’d love to hear them!
Self-Care Tips for Newborn Mothers
1. Never blame yourself for not keeping up. Your partner or other children (or anyone in your life really!) isn’t going to get the same amount of attention from you right now. And you know what, that’s okay!
2. Get outside. Even if you are feeding, stand by the window and open the window up. Or go outside into your back yard.
Find the sun. Stand in it. Look up into the sun, close your eyes and take a deep breath of fresh air. You’ll feel better for it.
3. You have time. My dear, trust me. There is time for you to recover your body, I know it doesn’t feel like it right now. That round pregnancy bump has turned into a why-are-these-bits-so-squishy kinda look.
And no, it’s not your most body-confident moment in life right now. But it’s okay, because you’ve performed life’s miracle and given birth. We’ll get you right back on track soon.
4. Talk. That blurt out that happens when your closest friend calls and you realise you had all of this ‘stuff’ you needed to say but had no one to say it to (and at six weeks, little bub doesn’t give you all that much feedback on what you have to say).
Your partner is tired, and if back at work now, they are mentally drained. But it’s important to talk. To them, to a friend, to anyone.
5. Compare yourself to everyone on Instagram. They have it all together, why don’t you? *Please not this is complete sarcasm right here, I AM JOKING.
Don’t even go on Instagram, unless you’re following someone that gives inspiration or makes you laugh. All other accounts. UNFOLLOW.
6. Reassure yourself you are doing OK. That night you get a little more sleep, appreciate it for what it is. Don’t hold on to it in hope that you have finally made it!
Because sorry lovely, this is a roller coaster ride and you don’t have the steering wheel (you handed that over to your new six-week-old-mini-me).
Celebrate the good, cry out loud when you need to.
Know (although it feels like the last six weeks have been the longest six years of your life) things will start to get better.
And that day you get a little smile (even if it’s just bubba passing wind and making a face) it will all be worth it.