Yesterday was a tough afternoon as Mummy Kylie. Baby A was so upset and wouldn't stop crying, so we ended up crying together.
From this came the idea that I would record a diary entry, sharing with you the highs, the lows and the good times as a new mum.
It is raw, real and authentic, as everything I do is.
I don't sugar coat anything which I hope makes you feel not so alone and supported.
I understand you mama bear! You are doing a great job.
And as a friend of mine said to me "this too shall pass"
This new little person has just entered your life.
Things will never be the same...in a good way.
Overwhelm starts to set in because there is so much to learn, juggle and figure out; because every baby is different.
In my video blog below I chat about some things that come up in the first few days of being a mum and what you can do as a family member or friend to make this time easier for the amazing woman who just had a baby.
No matter whether it is your first or third baby, I believe the principles still apply.
You are tired, uncomfortable, in pain, irritable, hormonal and anxious. It is a roller coaster of emotions and it is damn hard.
The last few weeks of pregnancy were the hardest for me so I thought I would share with you some of the things I did to get through it without completely losing my mind.
Like with most things when it comes to babies, there is so much information out there it can be overwhelming and confusing, so I wanted to share with you today what I've been doing with introducing solids to my bubba which has worked really well for me.
I started Baby A on solids a little earlier then recommended but my little munchkin was so ready to eat proper food. She was watching me eat, reaching up for my fork or drink bottle and everything goes into her mouth.
The one piece of advice I listened to and I highly recommend you do as well, is let your baby tell you when they are ready for solids. Yes some people say wait until they are 5 months and others say wait until they are 6 months, but my bubba was ready at 4 1/2 months and that was with her showing me many signs it was time to explore food.
The thing with starting on solids is that it is for taste and texture, not to fill them up. Breast milk or formula must be their number one source of food until they are at least 8 months old (but again watch your bub for signs).
Exercise is the last thing on your mind once you have just had your baby, whether it be natural birth or cesarean. You are sleep deprived, your body is not the same as what it was before, you have a little human that needs you for absolutely everything, your muscles have lost their strength and you are suffering from baby brain (or baby amnesia which has been happening to me lately).
But once you feel like you are ready to get moving again, it feels so good!
You do need to be careful and take it easy as you begin to exercise again. You still have relaxin coursing through your body which makes your ligaments a lot more stretchy than normal and your pelvic floor may be not what it used to be (hands up for me here).
So I want to give you some handy tips for getting back into exercise when you are ready and the best bit, you can involve your baby in some moves which is super simple.
TIP ONE - Take it slow
Remember your body has just created a human which you carried around in your belly for 9 months, so please be kind to yourself. You may not be ready for exercise until your bub is 6 months old or maybe you are ready when bubs is 2 or 3 months old. Listen to your body and start slow. Go for a short walk with bubs in the pram or begin by doing bits and pieces while you are around the house, such as squats while you are waiting for the bottle to heat up.
Another thing to remember is your pelvic floor, it won't be what it was before whether you gave birth naturally or not. The weight of a baby for 9 months puts pressure on it, so steer clear of vigorous weight bearing exercises at the beginning. Instead do your pelvic floor exercises to get that baby strong again.
** If you had a cesarean, you will have a longer healing time so please check with your doctor before beginning any exercise. You had a major operation!
I'm very excited to have had the opportunity to ask the wonderful Nat Kringoudis about the pill and the effects that it has on our body, trying to get pregnant and ovulating.
If you are thinking about getting pregnant and are currently on the pill or have just come off it, you are going to love this interview.
I was on the pill for 12 years before I went off it last February. My hubby and I then started trying for a baby 4 months later. It blew my mind how the pill had effected my body, I hadn't had period pain and acne issues ever but it hit me full on when I stopped taking the pill. It scared me and I decided to read up on what the pill actually does to your body. It is a worry and I won't ever be going back on it.
Over to Nat now with some great advice and information...
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