While becoming pregnant is a significant and happy event, the process of giving birth to the baby differs for all mothers. There are many cases where mothers have experienced distress and difficulty while delivering their baby. Pregnancy affects a mother physically, mentally, and emotionally. In this blog, we will discuss how mothers, who have undergone difficult birth episodes recently or in the not-too-distant past, can lift themselves and come out feeling mentally fitter, better and stronger.
While it is true that most mothers fall in love with their baby at first sight, it is also common for mothers to not experience that first rush of motherly love instantly. In case you find yourself falling in the latter category, don’t worry. Many women get so overwhelmed after delivering the baby that it takes them time to absorb the experience, to readjust and reset. Like any other relationship, as you eventually start spending more time with the baby – holding it, feeding it, caressing it, and talking to it – you will begin to form a special bond. This entire process of developing closeness with the baby will unwittingly play a big role in improving your mental health.
Talk to Your Partner
Communication is the key in any process. The first step to post-birth recovery requires mothers to talk to their partners. Express your feelings and sentiments to them. The more openly and freely you articulate what you’re experiencing within, the better you will feel. Let’s face it, giving birth is an extraordinary experience for a mother. Besides, all the hormonal changes that’s going on inside of her, there could be a bigger struggle that she may be dealing with inside her mind. It is therefore recommended that mothers should seek partner support.
Write it Down
Talking may not be every mother’s forte. In that case, it is advisable to keep a pen and paper nearby. Studies on the subject of post-birth difficulties and mental health indicate that recording one’s post-birth experiences in the written form can lead to better processing and understanding of the experiences in their entirety.
Make Good Sleep and Exercise Your Priority
Understandably, mothers (and fathers) tend to have erratic sleeping and waking hours when a newborn arrives. But still, it is strongly recommended that mothers fulfill their share of good sleep as much as possible. Also, steal some time to flex your body’s muscles by doing some light exercise. Good sleep and exercise will ensure that unwarranted emotional upheavals and negativity stay away.
In the age of social media and free advice, mothers can get carried away by what they see and hear around them. Our advice to you would be to not pay attention to distracting influences around you. Put your peace of mind and wellbeing before everything else. Remember to practice self-kindness, and experience motherhood the way that works best for you!
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