When I had each of my babies, I loved the new life and excitement they brought into my life, but I was tired, felt fat, and needed a friend. To expect my husband to fulfill all my needs was trouble because he didn’t know my needs and surely didn’t understand them when I had the gumption to tell him. I hope you have a supportive mom, or sister, or friend or husband. That would be great! But whether you have someone to rely on or not, you have GOT to BE YOUR OWN BEST FRIEND. Prayer, positive self talk, personal time, family time, lots of rest and nutritious food and exercise are necessary!
You are a better parent when you are physically, emotionally, spiritually healthy and happy. Maybe some of these links will help you:
Helpful Pregnancy, Pre and Postnatal Links for New Parents
LunaMother – pre and postnatal exercise
BabyCenter – pregnancy and breastfeeding
PullingCurls – pregnancy, labor, and home
MyBookshelf – books I read while I was pregnant
VeryWellFamily – advice on pregnancy and home
TinyHood – breastfeeding and newborn parenting courses
MusicAndMe – newborn and toddler music courses online
ParentingSchool – FREE online course on engaging with your toddler
StrengtheningFamily – raising a strong family
ComeUntoChrist – what do I believe?
LifeOfARealMom – my newborn care tips
Post childbirth moms need to heal their minds and bodies. Almost always, all attention and focus shifts from the mom to the baby once the baby is born. In your own way, enjoy your new body (Yoga is a great way to do this), calm the mind (prayer and scripture study is my favorite), relieve stress (walks with the kids), and restore energy levels (with nutritious foods). Take a few moments to focus on yourself so you can be best mom you can be for your children and family.
Congratulations on the most precious gift ever! A new baby.