Julie Fors, Journey Forward Birth & Parenting
Having a baby is one of the biggest life changes you’re going to go through. It comes with amazing joys and lots of confusing and frustrating moments. During your pregnancy, birth and these first few months, you are at your most powerful… and your most vulnerable.
Sometimes getting through the day can be difficult and it helps to have a phrase or truth to hold on to. Print them out or write them down and put them somewhere you’ll see them. Let them remind you how amazing you are!
I Will Adjust My Expectations to Fit the Season I’m In
When we have expectations that are not or cannot be met, there can be a huge sense of disappointment. When you have a new baby, changing your expectations about what will get done around the house, how quickly you’ll be out and about, or how soon things will be back to “normal” can go a long way to helping increase your satisfaction with your postpartum period.
Sleep is Important to My Well-Being
Sleep can be elusive in the beginning weeks, but it is vital to your overall health. Look for ways that you can sneak in a nap or decide what you’re going to let go of so that you can get the rest you need.
I Need Food to Focus
Just like sleep, nutritious food is necessary for your healing and for your physical health. Prepare meals that can be frozen, let friends and family set up a meal train, have wholesome snacks on hand, and gather menus from nearby restaurants and meal delivery services.
I Am Nourishing My Baby
Feeding your baby is going to feel like a full-time job. Whether you are breastfeeding or formula feeding, remind yourself that you nourish you baby every day. Find people who will support your decision and give you a hand when you need it.
I Will Not Parent Alone
We need people who are further along on the parenting journey that we can reach out to for advice and guidance. We also need those who are right where we are to walk with day to day. And we need others that are just starting their journey so that we can show them that they too will make it!
Spending Time on Myself Makes Me a Better Parent
Being a mother is a role you have, and it does not replace who you are as an individual. Take some time to do something that fills you – even if it’s as simple as having a cup of tea in your favorite mug or standing outside in the sun for 5 minutes. You’re worth it!
Exercise is Not a Chore
Physical activity is a great way to release tension and increase energy. You won’t be back to your pre-pregnancy workout routine for a while, but you can still benefit from walks, simple stretches, and light exercises.
How I Think and Feel Affects Everything in My Life
Hormone fluctuations, sleep deprivation, a birth experience that didn’t go as planned, family expectations, and being responsible for this new baby can all be a little overwhelming. It’s important to have someone you can talk to and resources handy if things don’t seem to be getting better after a couple of weeks. Don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional if you have any concerns about your thoughts or how you are feeling.
I Will Remember That Every Moment is Precious
When things are going well, take the time to stop and really enjoy your baby. Just as the tough times will not last, the precious moments are also fleeting.
I Am the Perfect Parent for My Child
YOU are the perfect parent for YOUR child. The two of you were brought together, chosen for each other. You have been given the honor of watching this little one discover their world and the place that they will have in it. You get to guide them on their journey and it will be filled with wonder, joy, and laughter; challenges, tears and unknowns.
The information contained in this article is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for the advice of your physician or licensed health care provider. You should consult your physician or licensed health care provider before engaging in any exercise activity described in this article to determine if it is right for your needs.