SURVIVING BABY’S FIRST YEAR can be challenging; however, there are several tips for first-time moms to follow. When I was pregnant (ahem, while ago), I wish I had had more tips/help/support than what I did. I felt alone, unsure, and quite nervous.
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These tips come from an experienced mom; other then me:
Being a first-time mom can be overwhelming, especially the first year! From post-partum recovery, adjusting to a new sleep schedule (or lack thereof!) to learning to recognize your baby’s cries and wants, the first year is a struggle for even the strongest of women. Should you choose to breastfeed, it might even be a struggle to get the baby to latch on! My daughter and I struggled for the first two weeks, and just when I thought I’d give up we had success.
To help make baby’s first year a memorable one for you and baby, these tips will get you through the first milestones with ease:
Take a Postnatal Vitamin
Most new moms walk around in a state of exhaustion. Eating well can be tough when caring for a newborn, so taking a postnatal vitamin can fill in any nutritional gaps and help give you and baby what you need when nursing. First Response Prenatal & Postnatal Gummy Multivitamins are a go-to. They come in an easy to take gummy format – perfect for pregnancy and beyond to provide calcium, and other essential nutrients, like B vitamins and folate.
Recognize and Treat a Gassy Tummy
Babies can be quite gassy, passing gas more than 20 times a day! With plenty of opportunity to swallow air whenever they feed, or suck on a pacifier and cry, it can be challenging to prevent gas buildup. But keeping the baby’s head higher than its stomach when feeding, and burping them often can help minimize it. Using a slow flow nipple if bottle feeding or working it out through a gentle massage also works, but in a pinch, try Ovol Drops. They provide gentle and fast relief of colic, bloating or gas by helping to break up gas bubbles that causes the discomfort. You should only use Ovol Drops on the advice of a doctor.
Baby’s first tooth? Ensure a good sleep for you and baby.
As early as 3-months, babies can begin teething, causing discomfort and disrupted sleep for both mom and baby. A trick I swear by is Baby Orajel Homeopathic Teething Gel. With the soothing power of Chamomile, this teething gel offers safe, effective and naturally-derived medicinal ingredients for your baby to treat you both to a full night’s rest.
Give new moms the support they need
Being exhausted and a teething or gassy baby are all things new moms struggle with but don’t mind admitting to or talking about, but what about those unspoken issues that you’d rather keep to yourself, things like, um, postpartum hemorrhoids?
Did you know that around 25 per cent of women; who develop hemorrhoids after giving birth, still have them at six months postpartum? Although it may be embarrassing, that doesn’t mean that you should suffer in silence since there are things you can do to help you relieve the symptoms.
TIP: Try applying an ice pack (with a soft covering) to the affected area several times a day or soak your bottom for 10 to 15 minutes in a warm and relaxing bath to decrease swelling and discomfort. You can also try an over-the-counter medication such as Anusol Plus* ointment or suppositories to soothe and ease the burning sensation, and help reduce the swelling of hemorrhoid tissue. Anusol Plus* even has an anesthetic to help provide that extra pain relief over other over-the-counter treatments. It’s important to note that you should always consult your doctor or pharmacist before using Anusol products. Moms must unite, so next time you meet a new mom, don’t be afraid to have those real conversations and share some of these tips – I’m sure they’ll thank you for it.
Since I had my baby (ok, ok, 19 years ago), I have always tried to share tips/suggestions to new moms … as long as they were receptive. To help make baby’s first year a little less stressful, I recommend taking everything in stride. It’s ok to let go; a little, of everything (responsibilities, laundry, cooking, etc) because this moment in your life is special; especially if it’s your first. You should enjoy every single moment. If you need to order in dinner then so be it. You might want to hire someone to clean for you; perhaps you have family or friends that will volunteer to help? Whatever you have to do to make it easier for you is perfectly fine. Don’t feel like you have to do it all because you don’t! Your job right now is to take care of yourself (healing after childbirth) and doing everything for your baby. This mom and baby time is very important; it’s bonding time. Take this time for you. You deserve it. Your baby deserves it. Congratulations mama!