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Helpful Resources for New Mothers

Mary-Lauren O’Crowley, NCC, LPC

Being a first-time mom comes with its own set of challenges, as you are exposed to various new experiences, from breastfeeding to soothing a crying baby. You’ve already conquered one difficult task by giving birth to your child, and now the second – the overwhelming chore of parenting your child – is causing you anxiety. You probably assumed that everything would be okay after your child was born. Still, as you begin your motherhood adventure, you realize that you have no idea how to care for that fragile, trusting creature who is sleeping blissfully in their beautiful new crib. You’ve already been fascinated by their little hands and lovely face, and all you can think about now is how you can keep him safe from harm; However, there is no reason to be worried. Every mother will feel overwhelmed at one point or another about caring for an infant; however, you will eventually find your groove and will be parenting pro in no time. While there will be inevitable peaks and valleys, having resources and information at your disposal can help you to navigate them more effectively.

Helpful Tips for First-Time Mothers:

Being a mother is a difficult responsibility. As a new mother, you will likely face incomparable highs with a multitude of challenges. In order to mitigate feelings of overwhelm, exhaustion, or burnout that may accompany these challenges, here are some infant care suggestions for new moms: 

New mother cradling her infant baby1) Create a checklist

Make a list of everything you’ll need for infant care and breastfeeding.

Make sure you have adequate supplies before he gets home. Include items that you will need while nursing him, such as nursing pillows, nursing bras, and so on.

2) Trim nails regularly

Trim your nails regularly. Your baby’s skin is extremely fragile, and if you have long nails, he may be injured. It would help trim his nails regularly to prevent him from scratching his face. However, proceed with caution while the infant is entirely asleep.

3) Bond with Your Baby

Try to bond with your infant during the first few days, as it is thought that initial bonding lasts a lifetime. Create an emotional bond with your child. Skin-to-skin contact, eye contact, and responding to a baby’s needs are three ways to bond with your child. Skin-to-skin contact entails softly caressing your baby’s back and belly while cradling him in your arms. Breastfeeding promotes skin-to-skin contact as well.

4) Select Baby Products Carefully

The skin of your newborn is sensitive and prone to rashes and discomfort. It is suggested that you only use infant skincare products when bathing him or changing his diapers. In infant care products, artificial solid perfumes, harsh washing agents, and any other unwanted additions that might irritate the baby’s skin or cause allergies should be avoided. Consult your doctor about the finest hypoallergenic products to prevent skin rashes or other concerns.

5) Movement for New Moms

Starting a regular exercise program immediately after giving birth is not only beneficial to your general health, but it may also assist in lowering the risk of postpartum depression. Because every pregnancy and delivery is unique, consult your doctor before beginning any exercise routine after giving birth. Stop exercising immediately and seek medical attention if you develop significant bleeding, extreme discomfort, headaches, or other strange symptoms during or after your workout. If you find it difficult to sneak away for a workout, try incorporating your baby into your stretching and exercise routine via strollers, bike trailers, or yoga mats. 

6) Support groups

It is rewarding to be a mother, but it can also feel stressful and exhausting. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, consider joining one of our support groups, which are made up of women who have been through the ups and downs of pregnancy and parenting. Circle of Moms welcomes all pregnant and postpartum moms. The group provides a safe and welcoming environment to discuss pregnancy, postpartum care, nursing stresses, identity/role changes, and the significance of sleep and self- care. Baby Cafe is a drop-in breastfeeding support group for families that advises reaching your nursing objectives. You can meet with a board-certified international lactation consultant and other mothers. Finally, BabyCenter is the most comprehensive online resource for new and expecting parents, including unique baby names, newborn infant care, and more. It is an internet media firm with offices in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles that offers parents and expectant parents information about conception, pregnancy, delivery, and early childhood development.

If you are currently navigating motherhood and would like the support of a trusted therapist in managing the highs and lows, please reach out to the intake specialists at Symmetry Counseling today!

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