The days and weeks after having a baby can be an emotional roller coaster. Many new mums and dads find the whole experience overwhelming, you’re having to adapt to a new way of life, and you are now responsible for a tiny person who relies on you entirely for everything. It’s a big deal and immense responsibility. For some mums realising parenting isn’t like the nappy adverts we see on TV can be hard. Even an easy-going baby can feel like hard work with the lack of sleep and your hormones being up and down after the birth.
That’s not to say there are not still those beautiful moments. It’s entirely possible to feel overwhelmed and overjoyed at the same time.
I know, as a new mum, I felt alone many times in those early days. Even when family and friends are around, those feelings of being alone are still present. It feels like no one truly understands how you feel after the baby arrives, which can be draining mentally and physically.
It’s so easy to forget about you and not prioritise your needs while caring for a new baby, but self-care is essential. Try to eat properly, sleep when you can and accept help with the baby or housework or shopping where it is available. Even a friend holding your baby while you take a long shower can help you feel so much better. If you are finding the experience overwhelming or could do with a bit of extra emotional support attending one of our classes on emotional support can help you rebuild your self-esteem and confidence.
During a session, you’ll have the chance to talk about how you are really feeling, as well as what challenges you face daily.