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You may be thinking: Friends? I already have a lot of friends! But a new-mommy friend is different.
We're talking about someone who's living through the same sleep, feeding, and development issues you're facing with your new baby. Someone who's happy to talk about poop, breast milk, and spit-up. Someone who won't mind — or notice — that you're wearing the same sweats you wore yesterday and the day before.
These are the best kind of mommy friends, and their camaraderie will help you more than you can imagine. But forming new friendships isn't always easy, and approaching new moms can feel as awkward as a first date. Here are some tips for making the process easier.
As a new parent, you won't need telling that you need more sleep. You may be so tired that you can't remember your own name, let alone where you’ve put your car keys.
Though a good night’s sleep is the obvious remedy, this is unlikely to be possible when you've got a newborn to look after. Here's how to get through the days that follow those sleepless nights.How will I know if I’m sleep deprived?Recognising the signs of sleep deprivation will help you to cope with it in the short term. These signs are far worse than simply feeling tired. If you have four or five nights of broken sleep, you'll feel sleep deprived. And with a newborn, you can expect to have months when you don’t get more than four hours of continuous sleep.
If you are sleep deprived you will have slower response times and find concentrating difficult. You will probably give up on tasks before they're complete. Or you may struggle on even though whatever you're doing won't turn out well.
What is Postnatal Depression?
What is postnatal depression?Postnatal depression (PND) is sometimes confused with the baby blues. The baby blues are when you feel moody, weepy, tired or anxious during the first week after giving birth. These feelings will usually pass within a few days.
However, unlike the baby blues, PND is an illness that is unlikely to get better quickly, and without help. The sooner you recognise that you have PND, and get the support that you need, the less likely it is to become a severe or long-term problem.How common is postnatal depression?About one in eight mums in the UK seeks help from their GP for PND, so it is very common. And as some women don’t seek help, or don’t acknowledge that they have PND, the true rate is likely to be even higher than this.
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