Life as a new mom – What to expect?

Life as a new mom

I spent my days at home, hoping I could sleep and lying to my friends as they called to check on me. I was stressed, hormonal, and irritable, and I felt cooped up in my bed, unsure if I’d ever feel normal again. I figured those first weeks with the baby would be difficult, but I had no idea how difficult they would be. One thing I learnt with my second pregnancy is that knowing what to expect really helps! So here are some pointers on what you can expect as a new mom.

  • It takes time to return to normalcy.

Many women are surprised to hear that they will continue to appear pregnant after giving birth. Six weeks after giving birth, many women are still not down to their pre-pregnancy weight. It will take some time. Don’t quietly judge the body—remember what it just accomplished: creating and delivering a kid! Have a good attitude to remind yourself that your body does not have to be like this for the rest of your life. Attend a stroller-cise workshop for new moms to get some fresh air (and meet new people!) while slimming down.

  • It’s a loop!

Someone advises you that you will not be able to relax, because they are not misleading. For the first three weeks, the baby will feed every two hours during the day and night—and that is an ambitious estimate! You’ll hear the scream of your hungry baby waking you up just as you’re about to drift off to sleep for the third time that night. Consider the alarm clock going off every couple of hours for the next five weeks. It’s not enjoyable. So, expect this before you give birth, so you are ready to deal with it.

You may also read – Preterm baby care tips for a new mom!

Life as a new mom can be difficult. Most would-be-mothers know or have a hint atleast about that but what they don't know is how difficult it would be.

  • Take the small wins in life.

When our pre-kids’ lives appeared just a few months ago, adjusting to motherhood can be tough. We recall the days when we could stay up late, nap wherever we liked, and eat for as long as we wanted. It can seem almost difficult to reconcile that existence with our current one. Instead, focus on minor victories. Find quick, doable ways to integrate your previous life into your current life as a parent. Don’t be afraid to run an errand with the boy, no matter how tight the time span is—at the very least, you did it. And if you know, you’ll need to attend to her in a few minutes, make yourself a cup of tea, and savor each drink as she sleeps. Shop for cotton onesies and baby hoodies for your little one by yourself.

  • Breastfeeding can get tough for a new mom.

If you plan to breastfeed, you can face a variety of difficulties, such as the baby not latching, uncomfortable feedings, or a loss of milk supply. Society portrays breastfeeding as easy, but it is often more difficult. Always have a muslin wrap handy during feeding.  If you’re having difficulty breastfeeding, it’s important to get treatment as soon as possible to avoid long-term complications. Consult a lactation nurse, the baby’s pediatrician, or the hospital care service for advice

  • Embrace the confusion and be easy on yourself

Feeding and caring for a newborn baby can cause the most discomfort for many mothers. Should you breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby? Is your baby putting out enough wet diapers? Is she still alive and well? (Believe it or not, you’ll be checking your sleeping baby’s breath more often than you can imagine.) The questions go on and on, and they consume you—because, like any mother, you’re worried about your kid. Just concentrate on what matters most: feeding both the baby and yourself! When a new mom comes home with her new son or daughter, it is advisable to be optimistic about what she will accomplish. The new moms have three fundamental responsibilities: Feed their daughter, feed themselves, and bathe one of their children on occasion.

Last but not least, it’s okay if you don’t adapt to motherhood immediately. There’s now a small human that resembles you, sleeps almost all of the time, coats you with spit-up and feces, and scarcely recognizes your presence. It’s not unusual to ask why you haven’t yet formed a connection. Remind yourself that getting to know each other takes time.



Author Bio:

Author - Andrea Micheal

I am Andrea Micheal, a post-graduate in humanities and communications and an inquisitive person who loves writing. I’m working for Tiny Twig, and my forte is digital marketing and everything that has to do with phones and screens. I am someone who believes that one person can make a change, and that’s precisely why I took up writing, which is the best tool to communicate these days. I have a decade of experience in writing and marketing, and I still find myself learning new things about it, which I want to share with my readers.



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By |2021-04-25T20:30:24+05:30April 25th, 2021|Categories: Experience Talk, The Mom Series|Tags: , , , , , , |9 Comments

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    Archana June 11, 2021 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Starting days for new moms are really tough emotionally, mentally and physically all ways. A few prior information collection may bring a bit ease to go with flow. Also the role and strong support of family members play a vital role in those days!

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    Surbhi Prapanna June 12, 2021 at 4:15 am - Reply

    Yes motherhood is rewarding but it is equally challenging. many new moms feel so overwhelmed with pressure of multiple responsibilities . but going on slow and be easy on yourself can help a lot in adopting the new role. also, family support is another thing that can offer great help to new moms.

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      Seema Bardeskar June 13, 2021 at 12:11 am - Reply

      Motherhood is a blessing but also one of the most overwhelming tasks. Going easy on yourself, following your own pace and not comparing with other moms help alot.

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    Rakhi Parsai June 12, 2021 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    The initial days of a mother are indeed very special when you are trying to bond with the little human. I think just take it easy and slow down your pace and accept each day as it comes.

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    Jyoti June 13, 2021 at 1:31 am - Reply

    Yes new moms face lot of these issues and it takes times to adjust to mother hood . We need to slow down and take each day slowly .

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    Noor Anand Chawla June 13, 2021 at 2:13 am - Reply

    All very sound advice in this post. The immediate post-partum period is indeed a roller-coaster of many different emotions and unfortunately there is no manual or guide to help us survive it!

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    The Champa Tree June 13, 2021 at 11:08 am - Reply

    For a forst time mother post partin period is nothing but confusion with so many advices coming around..you have handled this topics really well

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    Hansa Kajaria June 13, 2021 at 11:40 am - Reply

    We all will agree that as much as mother hood makes you feel accomplished as a woman, it is very exhausting and demanding and the initial years can really be tough. But yes being happy and celebrating small wins and enjoying the entire process is the way to go about it.

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    Tina Basu June 13, 2021 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    Seriously becoming a new mom is such a woderful yet tiresome phase! I remember the first month was so challenging but the son turned out to be a good sleeper since 1 month of age and things started falling into place.

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