6 Things You Shouldn’t Give Up After You Have a Baby

January 27th, 2016 by

Those first few months after bringing baby home are going to be tough. You may have let a few things slide during your third trimester, but now that the baby is here it’s time to get back on track! Here are six things you shouldn’t give up now that you’re a new mother:

things you shouldn't give upExercise, especially yoga. We’re huge fans of yoga because it helps with almost every aspect of mommyhood – being in the moment, deep breathing, patience, relaxation – and it gets your heart rate moving. If you’ve been doing prenatal yoga, keep your momentum going by signing up for a regular yoga class. You can even incorporate your baby into your workout – Terra Fit in Fayetteville has a Baby Wearing Yoga class that will get your butt in gear while you bond with baby!

Healthy food. You’re going to think this is a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised by how easy it is to forget to eat entirely. Between changing diapers, breastfeeding, and trying to snatch an hour or two of sleep when you can, meal preparation is the last thing on your mind. If you don’t plan ahead, you’ll find yourself scarfing down whatever’s in the pantry (Last year’s Halloween candy? Stale cheerios?). During your third trimester, make twice as much for dinner and freeze half of it. Then you’ll have healthy, ready-to-go meals you don’t have to worry about. Also, keep lots of nutritious, pre-prepared snacks on hand, like nuts, string cheese, and carrot sticks.

Sleep. You’ve likely heard the advice to ‘sleep when the baby sleeps,’ but if you’ve got work to do or another child to take care of, this isn’t always possible. Still, sleep is one of the things you shouldn’t have to give up. It’s more important than cleaning your house, surfing the Internet, or reading a book. When you have a spare half hour, get some rest! If you’re taking naps, you’ll be more productive and in a better mood when you’re awake.

Socializing. It can be hard to keep up friendships when you’ve got a newborn, especially if your friends don’t have children. But luckily, you’ve become an automatic member of the ‘new mom’s club’! Most moms love to talk about their children, and there are plenty of opportunities to socialize with fellow mothers in Northwest Arkansas. The Rogers Public Library hosts a Babies, Bubbles, & Books story time on Monday and Thursday mornings; grab a cup of coffee with a friend before you go! At the Birth Center of Northwest Arkansas, we offer a Birth Club New Moms Group so you can connect with other new moms and get support from women who are going through it right alongside you. Who knows? Your baby might meet his or her future best friend!

You time. When you’re the only source of milk for your breastfed baby, you can’t steal away for more than two hours unless you’ve pumped. But taking just a half hour or an hour can be the best thing you do for your sanity. Head to the Iron Horse Coffee Company on South 1st Street in Rogers and enjoy coffee, tea, scrumptious pastries, or a tasty sandwich. Or you can just take a walk around the block. Remember – if you can hear the baby crying, it doesn’t count as you time!

Your sense of humor. When your little one has been crying for three hours straight in the middle of the night, or the poop is flying across the room, or you just can’t quite get the hang of breastfeeding, you’re going to need that sense of humor. It can be hard to see the funny side of certain situations – particularly when you’re exhausted – but that’s where your significant other can help. If you’re getting frustrated, let Dad take over so you can regroup. There’s plenty of humor to be found in taking care of a baby. So take a deep breath, relax, and just shake your head and smile at the crazy, wonderful world you’ve brought your child into.

Becoming a mother is one of the most challenging, exciting, joyful roles you will take on in your lifetime, but it shouldn’t necessarily define you. Don’t let the woman you were before you became a mom – or the woman you’d like to be someday – get lost in the shuffle. Take care of yourself, and you’ll do a better job of taking care of your child.