Rest and more rest
For the first few months, try and sync your sleep cycles with those of your baby. Go to bed early at night and don’t hesitate to have a nap or two during the day. And whatever you do, don’t feel guilty! Getting enough sleep has an enormous impact on your mood and consequently the mood of your baby, who depends entirely on you. So forget about housework, cooking and other chores and make some time for yourself. If necessary, ask dad or grandparents to take care of baby. They will be absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to nurture their relationship with baby !
Little moments of pleasure and relaxation
Moments of relaxation are going to seem rare, but it is important to make time for them ! Self-massage with energetic knead and roll movements on your stomach and legs. Remember to moisturise with argan oil or sweet almond oil. If you really can’t find the time, end your showers with a burst of cold water to drain your body. And perhaps you could even call on the services of a babysitter and book yourself a professional massage at a well-being clinic ?
Don’t give up your former routine
Cinema, shopping, going out with girlfriends… don’t hesitate any longer! It is fine to take baby with you in the pushchair where they can sleep, for example. Don’t feel guilty about having fun: baby needs a relaxed mum. Why not head off for a romantic dinner in a restaurant to enjoy all the foods that you missed so much during your pregnancy? Because now that baby is here, food restrictions are a thing of the past. Only alcohol is not recommended close to a feed. But meat, seafood and other cheeses no longer represent any danger.
Sport can help you get over the minor inconveniences caused by pregnancy, such as urinary incontinence and a few extra pounds, more quickly. If you had a natural birth, you can aim to take up sport again after about six weeks. For women who gave birth by Caesarean section, it is recommended that you wait 12 weeks. There are no firm rules, however: listen to your body! You can start by walking, about 30 minutes a day whilst taking baby out for a walk with you, for example. Progressively, you can begin to enjoy gentle sports such as Pilates, yoga or swimming. On the other hand, avoid impact sports such as running. These sports sessions will be beneficial for your mental health and not just your physical health.