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Having a Baby Creates a Huge Change

Having a baby creates a huge change in our life. Stress can result from the new arrival, difficulties in feeding or understanding the baby’s need, lack of sleep , well-meaning advice from friends and relatives, etc. Sometimes coping mechanisms or a listening ear is needed to help you through that initial period. Do not be afraid to ask for help.

Here are some tips to overcame what you have to face on for first time being parenthood.

Exhaustion
Night after night of interrupted sleep makes parents irritable and, at times, unable to concentrate or cope. Baby sleep patterns are different than yours. To help shift to your sleep pattern, try waking baby during the day to eat. Sleep, rest and eat well yourself.

Nothing Gets Done
Parents are amazed at the amount of time involved in caring for baby. Keep housekeeping and cooking simple. Let family and friends bring meals and do household chores for you. Organize tasks in time segments of 15-20 minutes.

No Time For Yourself
These early weeks are hard. Do not forget to take time each day to shower and care for yourself. Even a 5-10 minute break will refresh you. Schedule a “date” from a few weeks from now to reconnect with your partner. Help each other get “alone” time, even for 15 or 20 minutes.

Your Life Seems Out of Control
Feelings of guilt, resentment and sadness are common. This new “24-hour-a-day job” may lead to feelings of aloneness. Talk about your feelings. Schedule one small activity per day for yourself. Take a walk, call a friend, listen to music or go to a quiet place. And if possible, let your partner know what your feeling so both of you can decide together what need to be done for next step.

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