5 Hardest Things About Being a New Mom
by Surbhi Bafna Gupta on Sep 02, 2022
A new mom is often overwhelmed, exhausted yet happy, laughs along with some crying, and stressed accompanied with the joy of the new-born. ‘Sometimes all at once!’ Life revolves around the baby and keeps the mother 24/7 on toes, making it a new normal. New mom’s body needs equal attention and love as given to the new-born, as there are lots of struggles motherhood brings along.
Here are the top 5 challenges new moms can expect to face, and how you can get through it all in one piece.
1] You Don’t Look Like You
Many women are shocked to learn they’ll still look pregnant after delivering. Try to stay positive and remind yourself that your body doesn’t have to be like this forever.
2] You’re Sore
There are other not so fun changes that are common in the first few weeks, including swelling, haemorrhoids or stitches. Women think they’ll never feel normal again, but they will! Ask your partner, friends or family members for help with baby and other tasks when you’re sore or hurting. And don’t try to push yourself, even though you want to do it all.
3] You’re On A Loop
Everyone warns you that you won’t be sleeping, and they aren’t lying. During the first few weeks, baby will spend his days and nights eating about every two hours—and that’s an optimistic number! Just when you’re about to drift off to sleep for the third time that night, you’ll hear the cry of your hungry new-born waking you again. Imagine your alarm clock going off every few hours for five weeks straight.
4] You’re Sleep Deprived
Understand that sleep deprivation is going to be there. You’re going to be tired. This new type of tired may cause headaches, depression, irritability, memory problems and confusion. How can you manage with disrupted sleep? The age-old advice rings true: Sleep whenever you can! But you might need some help.
5]Breastfeeding Can Be Tough
This may not be as easy as you think. If you’ve decided to breastfeed, there are a range of challenges that could arise—like baby not latching, painful feedings or lack of milk production. Society makes it seem like breastfeeding is intuitive, but it’s actually more difficult.