Mother and Baby

9 things all mums forget to do after having a baby

After having a baby, self-care and going out on a whim is almost non-existent (ha!) and all minutes are spent with your brand-new bundle of joy. 

There's nothing wrong with loving your baby and devoting everything to them, but it's also important to remember to take time for you, too. 

Whether you've just had a baby or it's been a year, your body has gone through a huge change, carrying your little one for 9 months and giving birth. You're sleep-deprived and might not have time to do your hair and make up every day, and you might just feel a little different about being yourself because you've gotten so used to just being 'mum'. 

But remember that it's okay to take the time to do things for you too! You don't have to dedicate whole days of doing things for yourself, you can take a few hours a week to enjoy a little pamper yourself or do some light exercise. 

Here are 9 things mums forget to do after having a baby (and you may not even realise it!)...

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1) Use face masks

Before your baby was born, pampering yourself might have meant a few hours at a spa, enjoying the peace and quiet, but now pampering might mean getting an uninterupted shower.
Run a hot bath ready for when your little one goes down for a nap, or pop a facemask on and close your eyes for 10 minutes.
A little pamper every other day will make you feel a lot better, and with those baby cuddles... you won't even miss a spa break! 
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2) Eat properly

As a new parent it's quite easy to fall into bad habbits with food, as grabbing a packet of crisps or chocolate bar out of the cupboard is easier and quicker than cooking lunch.
But it's important to remember to eat properly as eating healthy can give you a lot of energy and make you feel good. If you're struggling in the day to make proper meals, try preparing a few meals before you go to bed, such as salads or hearty pasta dishes. 
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3) Spend time with your partner

With sleepless nights and understandably giving your baby all your attention, you might feel like your relationship becomes strained or you forget to enjoy your partners company before heading to bed. 
Don't forget who you are as a couple and set aside a night each week or month to spend with just the two of you, even if it is just a few hours watching a film on Netflix after you put your baby to bed. 
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4) Drink your coffee while it's hot

Hot coffee is something a new mum can only dream about. If you make yourself a hot drink, it's quite easy to get distracted by something else, or your little one needs changing or feeding.
Buy a thermal cup to keep your drink hot, because every mum deserves to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and not find their cup sat on the table untouched after 2 hours(!)
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5) Sleep when baby sleeps

Before your baby was born, you were probably fed up of hearing "remember to sleep when the baby sleeps!"
But now your little one has arrived, those naps your promised yourself when your bundle of joy arrived are a distant dream. Instead of having a sleep, you probably feel like you need to tidy up or do a wash, but remember it's okay to leave everything and grab a couple of hours sleep.
You'll feel a lot more refreshed and ready to tackle that pile of dirty dishes after a nap! 
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6) Exercise

Don't think of exercise as a way of just losing weight after having a baby, it's also a great way to maintain a healthy mind. You don't have to go to a gym either, you can simply go for a walk everyday with your little one or exercise at home by doing yoga, pilates and even some exercises that include your baby.
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7) Be kind to yourself

It's easy to compare yourself to other mums, especially on social media, and feel like you're not doing enough. Remember that you're doing an amazing job raising a beautiful little baby and it doesn't matter if theres a pile of washing that's been sat there a week, or that your pre-baby jeans don't fit, you're enjoying being a mum and that's all that matters. 
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8) Remember your hobbies

Before being a mum, you were once you and you might have had hobbies such as knitting, playing an instrument or painting. Keep in touch with hobbies and set a few hours a side a week to enjoy them. If you're struggling for time, find a way to include them in your day such as playing an instrument to your little one, or if they're a bit older let them help you paint. 
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9) Take photos

When pregnant, you probably took a lot of pictures of your baby bump, but after your little one is born, they become the focus of all the pictures - and why wouldn't they?
ut instead of hiding behind photos because your hair is a bit messy or you've got a bit of baby sick on your top, embrace every moment with your newborn and make sure you encourage people to take photos of you and your baby.
Your hair might not be tidy but that's not important, in five years time you will really cherish those photos. 

 
  • Author: Samantha Ball Samantha Ball
  • Job Title: Freelance writer

Samantha is a mum of one, in a house full of boys. Her hobbies are long hikes, coffee tasting, and being a bit of an *obsessive* cleaner.

She also runs a blog Student Mum Diaries about what it’s like to be a student mum. 

 

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