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I asked my Facebook followers over the past few days for advice and tips to pass on to brand new mommies, and the response was outstanding!! Having become a new mom OVERNIGHT, Lord knows I could have used all of this information. I was so wrapped up in my world being flip flopped, I’m not sure if it would have even stayed in my brain if someone had told me. So for those of you expecting to become a mother in the near future, this is for you to read in your own time, at your own pace, since you have time to prepare.
- The first two weeks after birth are the hardest. But you WILL get through it!
- When you feel like giving up, stop and take a second to breathe.
- Napping is 100000% okay! Even though it is tough and scary, you need your rest too. Everything else can wait.
- It is also normal to not sleep at all, to become hyper-aware and function on no sleep. I call this the “Zombie phase.”
- The uterus massage hurts like a bitch.
- Amazon Prime is the best thing that will ever happen to you. Not having to leave the house, free shipping, AND two day delivery? That’s heaven on earth for new moms.
- DIAPERS. DIAPERS. DIAPERS. After birth diapers are way more comfortable. Complete lifesaver.
- It is okay to not be able to do everything after giving birth. You do not have to dive right into full blown motherhood, even though it will feel that way. Mommy mode kicks in, and it is tough to accept help. But trust me when I say, it takes a village to raise a baby. It is perfectly acceptable to ask for help.
- Crying is normal. A lot of crying. Your hormones are out of whack, your sleep schedule is nonexistent, you are probably not eating right, and your entire world just turned upside down. Crying by yourself, crying with the baby, crying in general – just roll with it! This too shall pass.
- You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to do everything perfectly. Just go with your gut, and learn as you go.
- It is okay to not have visitors for awhile. Alone time is important and precious for your family and the new addition. Bonding time is so amazing.
- If you breastfeed, latch problems are common, and your nipples will be sore no matter how well the baby latches. Also, it is completely normal if you become uncomfortable ‘aroused’ when breastfeeding. Thankfully, this issue does go away after a few days. Just remember that your nipples are not used to being used to eat. They are accustomed to stimulation, so it is absolutely normal when this happens!
- Breastfeeding in public will be your biggest battle. People will stare, or give you awful looks. Just keep yourself covered and ignore the onlookers. What matters is that your baby gets to eat.
And last but not least, YOU GOT THIS!! Motherhood is the most stressful yet exciting thing that will ever happen to you. Take everything with a grain of salt, and do the best you can. That’s how we all get through it.
What other advice or tips do you have for new moms that I didn’t include in my list? Leave them in the comments!!