Becoming a new mum can be hard!

new mum 2Becoming a mum is what I always wanted and I feel very lucky to have four lovely children. But, the truth is, it’s hard!

The first few weeks and months can be lonely as you adjust to your new life with your baby. Becoming a mother is a major transition in your life as new mums give up their independence to tend to the needs of their new baby or babies. On top of that, there is the pressure of being expected to be in a constant state of bliss and fulfillment.

There is a lot of pressure to be the perfect mother and new mums are often afraid to say they feel overwhelmed or not coping. Also, for mums who have been used to being a career woman with all the dynamics of business, they can find it hard to adapt to the repetitive life of meeting their baby’s needs.

The truth is it takes time to adjust and every mother feels some kind of negative feeling along with the joy of loving their baby. If you can, accept as much practical and emotional support from family, friends or seek professional help to give you some time to yourself.

And lastly, be kind to yourself. You matter too.

Here are my top five survival tips for becoming a new mum

If you can, accept as much practical and emotional support from family, friends or seek professional help to give you some time to yourself.
Think about, does it all need to be done just now?  The more you put yourself under pressure to do things the more you are likely to feel bad if you didn’t manage.

Don’t put yourself under pressure to take your baby to lots of different baby classes or to go out every morning and afternoon with your baby.

Be very choosy about which websites you go to and which discussion forums you join as
some of the mums on them can be critical which is the last thing you need as a new mum.
Trust your instincts it’s your baby!

Helen x

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