Becoming a new mom brings great joy, excitement and moments of wonder – but it also brings a lot of new responsibility, worries, fatigue and stress. Parenting stress is very real. Even while we celebrate the beautiful, wonderful things about being a mom, it’s important to also pay attention to some of the things that can make the experience of raising infants so tiring and difficult – and try to better minimize and manage these sources of stress so moms can enjoy their lives with their babies!
Here are five things that stress new parents out and some tips for dealing with them.
Parenting is a team sport. It requires great communication, clarity on roles and responsibilities, mutual respect and a shared purpose and desire to win. However each team player has a unique skillset and when it comes to helping husbands and partners bond with your newborn, there has to be agreement on the positions they are covering. In a previous article, we talked about the importance of getting a father ready before the baby is born and discussed the challenges a husband might feel, but here are some practical words of advice to make the process easier.
Moms often feel powerless when they give birth to a baby prematurely. It can be hard to have a baby being looked after in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) because early bonding newborn rituals are impacted by the hospital environment and the baby’s own delicate condition. However, even if your baby is born premature, one of the greatest gifts you can give your baby is to pump breastmilk to nourish them.
Breastfeeding for the first time is an adventure! On the one hand, new moms hear that breastfeeding is “the most natural thing in the world” and that it’s the best way to give their child the nutrition it needs to thrive. On the other hand, for first-time mothers, breastfeeding can feel more like a skill than an instinct. They may even worry about whether they are “doing it right” or whether their experience is “normal.” So, with so many opinions out there, where should new mothers turn for help?
Colic is one of the great mysteries of a baby’s life. No one knows for sure what causes “uncontrollable crying in an otherwise healthy baby,” or why it tends to happen in the late afternoon or evening. If your baby cries for more than 3 hours a day, 3 days a week or more, for longer than 3 weeks, you can say that you have a “colicky” baby. But, what causes colic? More importantly, is there anything that new mothers can do about it?
We’ve all heard the expression “mommy brain,” which moms jokingly use to describe the sleep-deprived fog that can result from having children. The truth is that, while becoming a mother really does change a woman’s brain in fascinating ways, having a “mommy brain” is actually a great thing!
You spend 9 months adapting to the changes in your body due to your pregnancy, and once your baby is born, your body starts changing again.
During pregnancy, your mammary glands change as a result of a wide range of hormones, including estrogen, progesterone and prolactin. Towards the end of your pregnancy, your body starts producing colostrum, a special milk that is important to your baby in his first few days of life.
Many new moms struggle with balancing the needs of their careers and their children. They want to return to school or work, but, they also want to give their kids the immunological, nutritional and emotional benefits that breastfeeding can offer. This is not always an easy balancing act. But, the good news is that, with planning and determination, it can be done!
Many new moms are interested in whether their baby’s development and their own performance as a breastfeeding mom are in the range of “normal.” But the truth about breastfeeding is that every baby is different, and every mother is different. So what does that mean? Is it more confusing than ever?
Many women come home from the hospital wanting to exclusively breastfeed and do what is best for their baby. They eagerly start breastfeeding and getting used to the routine. Many breastfeeding moms have been looking forward to this experience and want to continue breastfeeding exclusively as long as possible, and may not have even bought a breastpump because they were not planning to use it.