It takes a village to raise a child, and not just a village of people related to you. Not everyone is lucky enough to have fantastic family members who are supportive, so it's not surprising that many new mothers end up feeling isolated. It doesn't have to be that way, though. Your village is out there too.
Healthy Moms Blog
Listening to your body and seeking medical advice is an important part of self-care as a mother.
I recently spent five days in the hospital for something I had just been chalking up to being a tired, working mom. I’m generally a very healthy person, and as a first-time mom, I thought I was dealing with normal mom exhaustion. This was not the case in the end, and was an important lesson in learning the parameters of mom life.
Being a relatively new mom, with a daughter who is 15 months old, self care is something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. I went back to work around three months ago, and have found the transition to be challenging, after being on maternity leave for just over 13 months. For some moms it is an easy transition, but for others it can be difficult. People tend to call it a transition, but my experience felt more like a switch – one day you spend every waking moment with your baby and the next, you’re working eight hours a day, plus the commute.
When I worked in the beauty department of The Big Carrot, you could tell what time of year it was by the most popular questions being asked. There were always sunblock questions in the spring and bug spray questions in the summer and lice questions in the fall. But this time of year? The dead of winter was always the time customers started trickling in complaining about persistent dry skin on their faces and wondering whether they should be replacing their current moisturizer.
When I was on mat leave with my daughter, I prioritized my health and fitness. Some days the only thing that kept me sane was getting out to my stroller fit class and walking in the park with other mothers. I intuitively knew that having a destination and a scheduled program to join would help get me focused to get out the door.