Thursday 30 June 2016

The 4th Trimester - Surviving with a newborn

Babies don't come with instructions. It's all about what feels right for you and your newborn.
They say the newborn period is time for rest and relaxation but it isn't as easy as that.

Firstly, and most importantly, listen to your body!
You've just had a baby! Your hormones will be everywhere and it will feel like you're on a bit of a roller coaster of ups and downs. Crying is unpredictable but that is perfectly normal! Don't take too much on. You know your own limit.

Secondly, accept help.
Whether that be gifts of food from family and friends or someone offering to make you a cup of tea. Help will come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes the smallest offerings can help the most. Don't feel pressured into too many visitors though. They'll understand that you've just had a baby. It is a very tiring time and although help is nice, a chat is lovely, sometimes you just want to sit and stare at your baby all alone.

Thirdly, and this comes as no surprise however sometimes overlooked, take lots of photos!
Although the image of your newborn will stay with you forever, it is always nice to have photos that you can look back on and smile. Try and the pictures in natural light. Pictures of hands, feet, ears or just anything that you want to remember forever. You can never have too many photos! Don't feel silly with repeats, they're all slightly different and make you smile in different ways!

*Images of T and L*

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