Seeking support as a new mom
When a baby is born, a huge responsibility is placed on your shoulders. If you’re a first-time mom, you might be feeling overwhelmed by everything you don’t yet know. And even if you already have a child, it’s common to doubt your abilities and wonder how you’ll manage everyone’s needs. Regardless of whether you’ve been down this road before, it’s important to seek out information and support networks to build your confidence.
Not sure where to start? Follow these helpful tips to boost your parenting self-confidence.
Talk about your feelings Women often find comfort from sharing their feelings (worries, concerns, excitement) with others. Seek guidance and advice from women in your life who already have children. Don’t be afraid to voice your concerns and ask for help or advice. You’ll be respected for reaching out, not ridiculed.
Join a group A prenatal class or moms’ group is a great way to boost your self-confidence and create a network of friends who will be facing similar situations at about the same time as you. What you’ll gain are valuable insights on how to deal with certain challenges as they arise, and you’ll also feel empowered when you’re able to help others out in the same way. Plus, studies show that being prepared for parenthood in a realistic way reduces post-partum depression.
Reach out to professionals Take advantage of every prenatal appointment and have a list of questions or concerns ready at each visit. No matter how trivial or embarrassing you think your question might be, rest assured that your doctor or midwife has already heard it all! And don’t forget to call on your pharmacist or Motherisk helpline at 1-877-439-2744 for any questions you might have about prescription or over-the-counter medications, as well as any naturopathic products you might be taking. The more knowledge you have, the more confident you’ll be as a mother.
Go online Being home with a new baby, especially in the early days, can be an isolating experience. But the Internet can be a great resource to help you connect with other new moms. It won’t take much searching to seek out a virtual community of real women who are eager to offer advice and support and share stories. Don’t forget to bookmark Motherisk.org—a fantastic resource with valuable information on keeping safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Stock your home
Keep these items on hand to simplify life at home once your baby arrives
A new-mom’s list of supplies and products that are sure to make baby’s first few months easier.
• Balea Antibacterial Liquid Soap for each bathroom of the house.
• Balea unscented lotion for dry, chapped hands.
• Hand sanitizer for visitors who want to hold the baby. Try Life Brand Essentials Hand Sanitizer.
• Extra receiving blankets to protect baby from visitors’ perfumed clothing.
• BioLife® 3X Cold Water Laundry Detergent.
• Life Brand Laundry Stain Remover.
• Paper towels for easy clean-up of spills and messes.
• Healthy snacks and frozen meals to keep mom well-nourished. Simply Food has a range of frozen meals, including a delicious Szechwan chicken.
• Bottled water.
• A first-aid kit. Your pharmacist can help you pick out all the necessities.