Mental Health Motherhood Sleep deprivation

Oh my dear sleep

There are certain things about giving birth that no one prepares you about. Things like going home with diapers yourself and blood flow that can last up to a month, how big your breasts get by the 3rd day of having your baby due to the increasing milk supply, having the baby attached to your breasts 24/7 with barely getting any sleep and everything and everyone seems to be making you emotional.

Of course all of the above are normal considering what you have experienced through birth (everyone has a unique experience) and things should start looking better after the first couple of weeks when both you and the baby have settled to the new routine of your new life together.

But one of the most important things you will miss and desperately need is sleep. I never appreciated sleep and its importance as much as i did after having children. And if you are breastfeeding and this is your first baby, the nights will definitely seem longer and you will get stressed about why your baby is not sleeping through the night, if it is normal, if they are getting enough milk. And sleep deprivation is not helping. On the contrary it makes things seem worse.

But REMEMBER, this is all just temporary. It is just a phase you need to get through and you will get through it. Remember that so many new mommies out there are going what you are going through. And their babies are developing well and eventually will sleep through the night and you will be able to get a “full” night’s sleep. And i say “full” as i think mothers never sleep the way they did before, once they have children.

But time is short and soon all the sleepless nights will be forgotten. So make sure you get a lot of cuddles and kisses and skin to skin with your little ones because these are the things you want to remember.

And take care of your self. Take a walk with your baby in the fresh air, enjoy a cup of tea, invite some friends over for support, breath deeply, do whatever makes you feel better. And of course rest whenever your baby is sleeping!

Take care.

A.

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