Surviving postpartum

My newborn will be three weeks old tomorrow, and I thankfully I haven’t got postpartum depression (yet). I feel blessed, and I wanted to share with you a few things I have been doing that have really helped me transition from “my” life, to life with a baby. 

Sleep When Baby Sleeps– This is easier said than done and it’s something you hear everyone say. I think you’re lucky if you can actually do this- especially if you’re working or taking care of your other kids! Luckily I am able to do this, and it has been a lifesaver. 

Have Alone Time– Even 30 minutes of time to yourself is important for your sanity.
Leave your husband, friend or another family member in charge of the little one so you can ” re charge.” For me,  my alone time comes when I go for a run or take a shower or bath at night. This also allows my husband to have some one-on-one time with our son. 
Get Outside-  Rain or shine,  I really believe fresh air is extremely good for people. Dress accordingly! 
Get Out n’ About-  I have seen the inside of my house more in the last 3 weeks than I have since we’ve moved in. There are many days where we don’t leave the house, except for a walk around the block. Making short trips to the grocery store or to a friend’s house has helped me not feel so cooped up. 

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

2 thoughts on “Surviving postpartum

  1. I personally never took naps while my daughter was sleeping. I didn’t want to depend on that couple of hours every day. (Plus, she rarely napped after four weeks…she did sleep through the night though!) I went to bed when she did at night, usually around eight. I was exhausted by then anyhow, and if she woke up in the middle of the night I was already well rested!I would take time for myself when my husband came home, and when she was sleeping I would pretty much veg out on the couch crocheting or scrapbooking.Getting out of the house is really important! I have a friend who’s nurse told her not to take her very healthy baby (ten pounds!) out of the house until she was one month old. My friend decided to take the advice, and is still going through some seriously denied depression and her baby is 15 months old.Good advice here!

  2. You sound like you have the right idea and that thiry minutes can make the difference between burnout and enjoying mommydom.Keep it up, sounds like you’ve struck a good balance and that’s what makes all the differenceBreeze

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