Pregnancy can be a stressful time for every woman. The body goes through a lot of changes, which can bring new challenges into your day-to-day life. Expectant mothers often talk about emotional and physical stress during their pregnancies. They find the experience rewarding but equally exhausting, demanding, and stressful. Many future mothers don’t realize that stress doesn’t disappear after childbirth. Indeed, new mothers often experience high anxiety as they learn to care for their first child. High-stress levels can make them vulnerable to health disorders, including weight gain, anemia, slowing physical recovery after birth, or contributing to the onset of stress-related conditions such as uveitis. While chronic uveitis treatments are available, new mothers can also take preventive measures to reduce stress levels.
Don’t neglect your meals
It’s called labor for a reason. Giving birth is hard work. It is exhausting for your body, regardless of how you choose to go through childbirth. The body can be physically exhausted, which makes you more vulnerable to hormonal imbalance such as stress. Therefore, new mothers need to make physical recovery a priority. Eating regular healthy meals can support the recovery process and give you the energy you need. Additionally, food plays a huge role in your emotional peace of mind. Some ingredients can significantly reduce your anxiety levels, such as Brazil nuts, eggs, and yogurt.
Find friends among the mom groups
Needless to say, you are going through a new experience, which can be confusing and daunting. Becoming a mom for the first time is a huge responsibility. So, of course, you can find it tough by yourself. But, you can find guidance from experienced mothers and women who are going through the same experience as you. There are many mom groups online, and offline that can help you find the reassurance you need. Whether you are having a tough time breastfeeding or feeling isolated in your community, mom groups can help reduce stress.
Have realistic expectations of yourself
Nobody is born a mother. Regardless of what people might say, motherhood is not instinctive. There’s a lot to learn as you have your first child. Therefore, it’s unrealistic to expect to know and understand how to look after a baby from Day One. The truth is that you’ll get things wrong as you figure out what works for you and your baby. So, there will be days when you lose the nappy fight and days when you struggle to feed your baby. But it is okay to struggle at first; you will get better with practice. Remember that everything is new for your baby and yourself. So it’ll take time to learn together.
Be kind to your body
New mothers find it hard to accept their new bodies. Unfortunately, the attitude can lead to low self-esteem and increased stress levels. Don’t forget that your body has been through a fantastic journey through pregnancy and childbirth. So, right now, it is not the body you remember. But the journey of your body isn’t over. Help it get stronger and recover at its own pace.
Postpartum stress is often overlooked as it’s not as serious as depression. However, high-stress levels can dramatically affect your health and experience of motherhood. Learning to give your body and mind some breathing room will help keep postpartum stress low.