Four Self-Care Tips for New Moms
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, gave birth to a baby
boy and his name is Archie Harrison Montbatten-Windsor! As the royal baby announcement
is celebrated by many in different countries, we should also take the time to raise awareness on
the importance of being a mother.
Whether you’re a new parent like Prince Harry and Meghan or on your way to a second
or third child, it is essential that you prepare for motherhood by prioritizing yourself. With lots of
information out there and friends and loved ones giving you a wide-range of opinions on how to
care for a newborn, it is easy to be overwhelmed.
Therefore, we will just go over four ways you can prioritize yourself so that you can be
stronger and raise a better baby.
1. Schedule Alone Time
It is in your instinct (and rightfully so) to give everything to your child. But it is also crucial that
you give to yourself. A happy mother equals a happy child, after all. Self-care begins with
pampering yourself: take a break from mom duties and enjoy a warm cup of tea; catch up on all
of the shows you’ve been meaning to watch; relax in a soothing bath with light music on.
2. The Importance of Friends and Loved Ones
The African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” refers to the benefit a community’s
interaction with a child has on his/her growth. However, mothers also need a community of
friends and loved ones to lean on during stress, the baby blues, or postpartum depression. Your
loved ones ae the crucial emotional outlet you need because they will nourish you with much-
3. Accept Help!
We can often be prideful and neglect the help family and friends offer, but just as their company
is crucial to mental and emotional well-being, so is their assistance around the house. If your
mom offers to prepare dinner for you and the baby, let her. If your friends want to help with
groceries, let them. Let go of your pride and allow your “village” so-to-speak to be there for you.
4. Make Time for Your Partner
Your relationship with your partner is as important as your relationship with yourself and your
baby. This relationship is not just your source for love and support, but it is also the unit that will
shape the life of your new baby. If you don’t preserve the bond you have with your partner, the
union – along with your child – will suffer. Maintaining an open and honest communication will
ensure that each other’s needs are met. It’s okay to disagree, so long as you both do it
Self-care does not mean that you’re putting yourself before your baby, it means that
you’re investing in a stronger Self that will be ready for the needs of your child. It can be as easy
as packing a change of baby clothes, diapers, and wipes in the stroller and going for a walk
everyday with your baby. You’ll clear your mind, bond with your baby, and feel re-energized.