Let’s face it, being a mum is both amazing and terrifying. You want to make sure you do everything just right and that is especially important when it comes to your baby’s healthcare.
With lots of conflicting advice around what the best ways to do things are, it can be difficult to know whether you’re doing the right thing or not. Although I am not a healthcare professional I have had 3 babies of my own so here’s some general advice that definitely works to cover all the main essentials:
Breast feeding is a really tricky area for mums, from first baby to fifth no two babies are alike and there’s no shame in any way you feed you baby as long as baby is fed.
I struggled to breastfeed Jacob and as a result of acute Reflux I visited my GP several times to seek help. He recommended a specialist formula to prevent but there are popular products available at Chemist Direct such as Aptamil. Having Jacob on the special formula made feeding so much easier and better for us both and caused far fewer tears! There’s no shame in seeking help and the rise of frustration when you’re struggling doesn’t help, I’d highly recommend that any mum who is having difficulties see their GP or Health Visitor and get some advice.
Catch Up On Your Sleep
A lot of new mums can forget to look after themselves too. One of the best ways to ensure you can be the best mum possible is by being at your healthiest and getting enough sleep is essential to this. Don’t feel like a bad parent if someone offers to help look after your baby so you can catch up on some much-needed sleep, looking after you is important too.
Get Out And About
Getting out and about with your new baby is really good for you both, and having somewhere to go each day gives you something to do. Try and go for a walk with the pram every day, even if it’s just a short stroll so you both get some fresh air. Head to visit a friend for a cup of tea or go on a walk to the shops.
Do Some Postnatal Exercises
Don’t feel pressured to lose your pregnancy weight immediately, but doing some gentle postnatal exercise can help, plus the endorphins you release will also help to make you feel good. Wait until you’ve had your 6 week check to really start exercising but going for a gentle swim or taking regular walks can be really good for helping your body to recover.
A huge part of being a new mum is learning and doing what you think is best for your baby, so don’t be afraid. If you’re unsure about anything or have any doubts always go see your GP or ring your healthcare advisor to check