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.
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!
How crazy are baby shops? I know when I first entered a baby shop when I was about 12 weeks pregnant I freaked out and went into a state of complete overwhelm.
Where the hell do we start?
I was completely excited about being there and starting to buy cute little bits and pieces for our growing little plum (the approx size of a fetus at 12 weeks), but my goodness, what is some of the stuff that these shops sell?!
I wanted to try and take the overwhelm away from you and give you a list of what I ACTUALLY needed for my baby. You can also find your free downloadable list below so you can print it out and hit the shops with confidence and excitement. And that is how it should be when you are pregnant and preparing with your first child.
:: I love being a mum!
It is definitely the most rewarding job but of course at the same time it is a lot of hard work.
My daughter has taught me so much in her short time of being on this Earth and I've learnt a lot about myself as well. Including deep down I am a patient person. I have never been a patient person but with Ava I am completely patient and calm which is exactly what I wanted to be.
You know the saying "Calm mum, calm baby."
Ava is a good sleeper and she feeds really well, so I'm a lucky one. I have been given the easy baby first like so many mum's before me. But today I wanted to share with you my truth's and the funny things you do as a mum that I thought I may not do. You do whatever you need to do to get a calm and content baby.
Here are my truths and learning's so far...
Whether you are at the end of your pregnancy, on maternity leave, sick, injured or have been told to slow it down; it can be tough when you are someone that likes to be doing things all the time. That is why I want to share with you my tips on what I have been doing to come to terms with this process and embracing it instead of feeling stuck and frustrated.
I have been on maternity leave for 7 weeks now and I was made to slow it down straight away after my 32 week ultrasound (if you don't know my story you can watch my video blog here) and for someone who likes to be busy whether it be working, catching up with friends or moving my body; being told to instantly quit all this to rest and relax was a huge deal.
Are you or have you been in a similar situation? Know you are not alone!
The tips I am going to share with you below are things that I have found worked for me, but keep in mind that feeling as though I am in a good place mentally took time. It took me weeks and weeks of soul searching and trying different things to get me out of my head and into the present moment but I can tell you it has been worth it.
Let's jump into it...here are my tips for slowing down when you are a 'go getter'...
Are you suffering from pregnancy insomnia? I know I am. It started for me when I hit about 30 weeks or so. When did it start for you?
Pregnancy insomnia can be caused by a few things such as the hormones racing around your body, getting up frequently to go to the toilet, your mind racing from excitement or nervousness about what is ahead, your baby is a night owl and likes to move around when you are trying to sleep or being uncomfortable and sore from back aches and cramps.
I am fine getting to sleep but when I wake up to go to the toilet about 80% of the time I can't get back to sleep straight away. Some nights I am tossing and turning for 2 hours. It really is annoying. But I found the more frustrated I get, the harder it is to get back to sleep.
I wanted to share with you some things I am doing to get through this annoying part of the night during pregnancy and hopefully it can help you too.
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This website and all the information it contains is based on my personal experience and journey which I am sharing for educational and informational purposes only. Please consult your own doctor or healthcare provider to determine the best course of treatment for you and before starting any new program.