Top Tips for life as a new mum
Put a limit on the number of visitors you have in the early days. Don't be afraid to ask them to hold off a bit while you adjust to having your new addition around.
Have lots of skin to skin time with baby to encourage bonding. This will help if you are breastfeeding. You can have baths together or just lie together as often as possible.
Follow your instincts and throw away the baby books!
Don't panic about getting baby into a routine. Follow their lead and don't make life harder than it needs to be.
If you are breastfeeding, make sure you find out where your local support groups are and use them if you have any issues. It is a skill both you and baby need to learn and it can take some perseverance to get it right.
Consider getting a baby carrier or sling. They can be an absolute saviour if your baby is unsettled and wants to be held all the time. There are lots of sling libraries where you can try out slings before buying one.
It is totally normal to feel hormonal and emotional in the first couple of weeks. It's common to be tearful and not really know why. However if you have feelings of low mood that continue past the first few weeks, please go and speak to someone - your Health Visitor or GP or even a close friend or family member.
It is well known that newborn babies wake up frequently, that's because their tummies are tiny and so they need to eat little and often. All those night wake ups can be a big shock to the system so try and get rest whenever you can. Try using meditation, relaxation, breathing techniques or mindfulness to give yourself a rest whenever you have 5 minutes to yourself.
Don't try and rush getting your pre-baby body back. It took 9 months to grow your baby and your body has just been through a huge ordeal so allow it time to recover slowly. Don't rush into exercise until you have worked on your core using simple breathing exercises which will help with your abdominals and pelvic floor. This is what I teach in my 'new mums yoga & social' class.
Build your support network of family, friends, other new mums who can be there for you through the highs and the lows. Confide in people when you are finding it tough - I guarantee they will have felt the same at some point.