Adjusting to new parenting roles

Parenthood is very rewarding, but it can also be hard work—especially in the beginning. Coping with daily changes and sleepless nights while learning to care for your baby can take a lot of energy, emotional commitment and patience. Many times you don’t know what to do, but remember it’s the same for everyone – you learn while you work. Adjusting to parenthood is a process of trial and error, with good days and bad days, and it often takes a while to feel comfortable and confident in a new role.

While many parents are fine on their own, having someone else help with chores often makes adjusting to a newborn easier. Parents can focus on mom and baby’s needs, not laundry or dirty dishes.

Managing postpartum blues

One of the emotional challenges you may experience postpartum is feeling overwhelmed with your baby, yourself, your family, and your life in general. If you still have the baby blues (more than a few weeks postpartum), talk to your doctor. You could be suffering from postpartum depression, which affects 1 in 9 mothers.

In the early days after birth, your emotional recovery and challenges may include worrying about not connecting with your baby the way you should, or about your ability to care for your newborn, even if it’s not your first child. “The blues,” which is slang for the mood swings, sadness, or anxiety you feel shortly after giving birth.

Recovering physically and emotionally after giving birth

After giving birth, you may think you can go back to your normal life. However, this time of your life is one of adjusting to life with a newborn and recovering. It’s important to remember that labor is something your body needs to recover from over time. Whether you had a vaginal or C-section (C-section), your body needs time to recover.

The body goes through rapid hormonal changes immediately after giving birth, which can make you feel extra teary, moody, elated, and/or irritable. They’re also adjusting to being a mother, feeding their baby, not getting enough sleep, and may feel overwhelmed. Make sure you open up with your loved ones, trust your feelings, stay hydrated and nourished, and get as much rest as possible.