Tips to Maintain Your Mental Health After Baby

May 13, 2020

Tips to Maintain Your Mental Health After Baby

You have waited nine months to see your precious baby, and now that it is finally here your life doesn’t seem to resemble those cute after-birth pictures you saw on Instagram. Instead of dressing your little one in cute outfits, you do your best just not to smell like puke. For months you’ve waited to play with your child, and now you cannot wait to go back to bed and get some sleep. Yes, having a baby can be exhausting and overwhelming, especially if you are not one of those lucky moms whose children wake up maybe two times per night just to eat. All those sleepless nights, raging hormones and exhaustion can easily take a toll on your mental health. Luckily, there are some ways you can maintain your sanity and enjoy being a new mom.

Take care of yourself

A lot of new moms completely neglect themselves during the first few weeks or even months after their child is born. Of course, your baby needs your attention, but so do you. In fact, if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be in any condition to look after your little one. And when you are cranky and fussy, your child will be too. Therefore, make sure you get some sleep, even if it means napping during the day. Forget about house chores, the world won’t stop if you do not vacuum every two days or prepare a home-cooked meal on a daily basis. Speaking of nutrition, make sure you eat food that is healthy and good for you and gives you the energy to deal with everyday problems. Also, keep in mind that fish oils reduce anxiety and depression in new moms.

Take a break

No, you don’t have to be with your baby 24/7. Feel free to take some time away from your little one and do something that helps you feel like you, even if it means just washing your hair or taking a bath with stress-relieving essential oils. In addition, make sure you spend some time with the adults. Talking to your partner and your friends will help you stay connected to the ‘real’ world and give you a mental break from your mommy chores. 

Create a support group

Being a new mom is not just sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows. In fact, it is overwhelming so make sure you surround yourself with people you can completely be real with and share your true feelings with them. Having someone to confide in is extremely important during this time, even if you believe that your feelings are completely silly. Venting to your best friend, a family member, or your partner can lower your stress levels and help you feel calmer. 

Don’t play by someone else’s rules

It is important to remember that not all babies are the same, so it is quite logical that what has worked for one mom won’t work for the other one. It is okay to listen to other people’s advice, but at the end of the day you need to care for your baby in a way that works best for you. Find your own method and stick to it, no matter what others say.

Be realistic

Do not start going through pictures of actresses who gave birth and immediately looked like a million dollars. Forget about the images you see in tabloids and on social media, most of it has nothing to do with reality. Have you heard about Photoshop? Instead of comparing yourself to others, give yourself time to get back on your feet and adjust to your new lifestyle.

Get help when needed

All those raging hormones can leave you feeling emotional and that is completely normal after giving birth. However, postpartum depression is not so if you feel like something is wrong, do not hesitate to ask for help. Waiting until things get even worse is a recipe for a disaster, so act on time. Being a new mom has its ups and downs, and hopefully, these tips will help you deal with everyday challenges a new baby will bring into your life.

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22 comments

  1. This is a very important post, there are so many women going through post natal depression. Thanks for sharing this.

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  2. Hi! Planning on having a baby next fall! Great to keep in mind thanks!

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  3. My favorite part of this is to be realistic! That is so important that all aspects of like after you give birth

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  4. I am superscared to become a mommy one day because I am worried about my mental and physical health. This article reduced some of my anxiety around having kids. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I am glad you brought this into the light, i know that many are surviving silently.

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  6. Mental health over anything! You're baby is there, one way to boost and have a healthy mind, plus a source of inspiration and happiness.

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  7. Though I'm not a woman, I'm glad that I know how to care for and advise my wife after she delivers.
    Thanks for this wonderful piece.

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  8. Great post. Get help when you need it, and not ignore that you need help, is super important advice.

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  9. These are great tips. It's so important to really take care of your mental health before the baby arrives.

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  10. hi
    indeed avery relevant topic in today's stress filled fast paced life for the young mothers

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  11. After having a baby it's crucial to pay attention to the signs as all the hormones are so imbalanced. Thanks for your post.

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  12. Motherhood is never ending experience and it's so important to take care your mental health awesome tips.

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  13. Motherhood changes a lot to a woman and it is best to have a good support group. Friends and family helps a lot.

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  14. Uuh, difficult, delicate - however important topic. Women still feel bad when they have to face mental issues after having a baby.

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  15. My cousin Alex just had his first child, a son, just a month or so ago and I was talking to him yesterday literally about how his mental health is struggling now because his baby son just cries all the time! The poor baby...oh and Alex too. But seriously, he shared how the baby is really tiring he and his wife out and they are both stressed and thus it is causing tension between them. So these tips on how to improve mental help after having a baby are key!

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  16. THIS is so important! Mental health is such an important topic to talk about as it is not talked a lot. Thanks for talking about it!

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  17. Mothers can definitely do it all, everytime a baby is born they say post partum is normal but well, my wife has handled it well so I think its all in d mind

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  18. Motherhood makes it important to care your mental health. You have presented some awesome tips.

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  19. Mental health of a new mom is so important. With all the hormones raging in side it is so crutial take care of yourself and take breaks from the baby.

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  20. Mental health is important specially for new moms. It's challenging.

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  21. Elizabeth OJune 25, 2020

    These are some great tips. There's nothing bad to ask for a help when we needed. and self care is indeed important for mom.

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  22. Get help when needed... Amen to that.

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