How to Survive Life as a New Mum – some top tips!

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When a baby arrives into your life it is almost as though someone has taken your life and thrown all of the constituent parts of it high up into the air, and there you are running around underneath them trying to catch them and stop them falling to the ground, and as a result you have to learn to juggle pretty damn quickly. Occasionally you will find that you let the odd thing drop but don’t worry about it, no-one gets it all right first time, motherhood is one hell of a learning curve!

No Instructions Included

No matter how many books you read before the baby arrived, or how much advice you have been given there are no concrete instructions when it comes to caring for your baby. All babies are different they each respond to things in their own ways and what works for one infant in not necessarily guaranteed to work for another. Put it this way, you had lessons and practice when you learned to drive in order to become proficient at it, and whilst there are no set lessons or test at the end of it, motherhood progresses the same way, you start off with practically no knowledge and keep practicing your skills until you are an expert.

Keep an Open Mind

You will probably have found that as soon as you announced you were pregnant everyone had advice to offer; suddenly everyone around you was an expert on pregnancy and birth. Now that your little bundle of love has arrived you will find that they are all childcare experts too. You do not have to take everything that they tell you as gospel, if you do you will soon get confused as you find that you are receiving some contradictory information. Trust yourself that you know what is best for both you and your baby and if you do get stuck ask for help from someone whose advice you really trust.

Bonding Issues

Don’t panic if you find that you have not instantly fallen in love with your new arrival, when you consider the full on bodily assault that they have just put you through in the delivery room it’s quite understandable. You are left feeling not just tired but physically and emotionally drained after the birth and it will take a little time to get yourself back on an even keel. Try not to worry about it if that surge of overwhelming love doesn’t happen instantly, it will come and when it does it will be unlike anything you have ever felt before.

Ask For Help If You Need It

Never be afraid to ask for help if you find that you are struggling with everything that comes with being a new mum. Talk to family, talk to your friends and if necessary talk to your doctor, don’t stay silent and bottle everything up inside, it’s not healthy. Try joining a mother and baby group and speak to other women who are in the same position as you, you will probably end up supporting and helping each other through the hard times.

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