9 things all mums forget to do after having a baby
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!)
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 uninterrupted shower.
Run a hot bath ready for when your little one goes down for a nap, or pop a face mask 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!
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.
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.
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(!)
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!
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.