Let sleeping mamas lie…

Remember sleep? It’s that thing that makes you feel human the next day: you might recall it from before your baby was born. And one day, you might experience it again. But in the meantime, here are some tips on how to cope when you’re not having very much…

 

Share the load…

Right from the start, teach your partner how to see to your baby in the night so you don’t have to be the one getting up every time. Even if he’s working, one night time wake-up is manageable and will make a huge difference to you. If you are exclusively breastfeeding, express some milk and have a bottle ready to go.

 

Think quality not quantity…

The reason new mums feel sleep deprived is often less to do with the amount of sleep but the quality of it, as they are not getting the chance to experience full sleep cycles. Instead of a 20-minute power nap during the day, try and get a full cycle of sleep into a nap, which means about 90 minutes.

 

Look after yourself…

Tiredness can really affect your mood and worsen the stress a new mama’s body goes through after giving birth. Throw in a load of hormones and you’ve got a recipe for feeling like you’re not coping. Talk to someone if you feel like that – it’s really important for you and your baby.

 

Don’t rely on coffee…

It’s a great pick-me-up first thing, but don’t rely on coffee to keep you awake as you’ll end up with the shakes, and it will stop you being able to get to sleep as easily as you’d like when you do have a chance. Instead, pick energy-boosting food and use stimulating aromatherapy oils to clear your head.

 

It’s not for ever…

At 3am, sitting there feeding your baby in the pitch dark, you can feel like the only one in the world who is awake – and as though this part of your life will go on for ever. It won’t. In fact, you won’t even remember it very well – you’ll just recall the good bits, and smile. Isn’t Mother Nature clever?

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