After nine long months, pregnancy will come to an end, and the moment you've been looking forward to - welcoming your son or daughter into the world - will soon arrive. With that said, there will be lots of new firsts and exciting moments causing adrenaline to surge through your body. This is why it's important for you to get some rest after giving birth.
Let's face it, you've probably been pretty tired: During pregnancy, your growing baby caused a flux of new hormones, some of which have given you food cravings, mood swings and insomnia. With all these changes occurring in your body, you can also get worn out. In addition, the anticipation of giving birth is enough to keep you up at night.
Try not to get overwhelmed
For the first few weeks after you take your baby home, you may want to allow yourself some much deserved rest while your newborn is still sleeping a lot during the day. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers some recommendations for new moms. For instance, little things like limiting the number of guests that come to see your little one and the length of their stay can go a long way - the last thing you need is to create a stressful environment for you and your baby. Also, you shouldn't have to worry about keeping the house meticulously organized and clean - no one will blame you if you let yourself go a little until you get situated and refreshed enough to start the new chapter in your life.
What's most important is to ensure that you're not pushing yourself too much. You can always ask your partner or a family member for a little help with household chores and running errands.
Slow down and breath
Finally, whenever you get a chance, take some time to allow yourself to breathe. This is a time for you to really focus on taking care of your new baby and yourself. You should be able to do what you need to and not feel bad about it. Now that you're not eating for two, try to get back to a healthy and well-balanced diet and maybe slowly ease into physical activity so you can begin to lose any gained pregnancy weight once your healthcare provider gives you the okay.
How did you focus on resting your body after pregnancy? Did you feel better? Leave your answers in the comments section!