Caring for Yourself as a New Mother

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Through Real Alternatives, pregnant women find the resources they need to prepare for motherhood. Real Alternatives provides a number of supportive services that  helps expectant mothers to care for both themselves and their babies.

After you have given birth to a child, self-care may not be the first thing on your list of priorities. However, wearing yourself down not only limits your ability to provide care but is detrimental to your own health and well-being.

It may not be easy to find the time to take care of yourself, but you can enjoy a few moments of quiet by resting when your baby sleeps. You may not be able to fall asleep yourself, but you can sit or lie down and meditate, read, or just relax.

Simple exercises also help you to feel your best physically. This may take the form of easy stretches, at-home yoga, or a walk around the block with your newborn. Getting out of the house also helps you to take care of your emotional needs, which include connection with others. New mothers need to have a community around them and to know that someone is available to listen to their struggles.

If you ever start to talk yourself out of attending to your own needs, remember that your own well-being is directly linked to your baby’s.

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