Best Advice for First Time Mothers – What I Learned

Best Advice for First Time Mothers – What I Learned

If this is your first time being a mom, there really is nothing that can prepare you for the flood of emotions, exhaustion, and worry that you will inevitably face but this advice will hopefully make things a bit easier. Below is what I learned and my best advice for first-time mothers.

 

 

  • Make a bunch of food and freeze it by your 8th month or you will regret it later. Some ideas are lasagna, shepherd’s pie, and hearty soups. I regret not doing this. It is so easy to overestimate the amount of time and energy you will have to make food for yourself and if you are breastfeeding, remember that a lack of nutritious food will affect your supply negatively.

 

  • Go to the chiropractor by your third trimester if you are planning on a vaginal birth. The Webster Technique will help the baby come out easier and ease some pain in pregnancy and labour. I was so glad I did this because I had intense back labour and believe this is the reason I was able to not have an epidural.

 

  • Yoga for pregnant moms helps a lot if you are having back pains. Look up your local yoga studio to inquire about classes.

 

  • Newborns should be fed at least every 2-3 hours after they are born if you are breastfeeding exclusively. If the baby is not latching, tell the nurse as soon as possible because this may lead to jaundice. And jaundice is awful because it means extra time in the hospital and less time bonding with your newborn.

 

 

  • Breastfeeding is extremely tiring and can be painful if the baby is not latching properly. You may want to give a bottle at night for a break but will regret it when baby starts rejecting you in favour of the bottle. If this happens to you, get help from a lactation consultant as soon as possible and ask your doctor for a prescription for Dr. Newman’s All Purpose Nipple Ointment so you have it when you need it for cracked and sore nipples.

 

  • Your life will change dramatically, especially if you are used to working and then suddenly you are at home all the time. You may wonder if you are the same person or who you are now other than a mother. It may take some time to figure this out and feel like yourself again but it will happen.

 

  • Find mommy clubs in your area to find new mom friends and your baby will also be able to socialize with other babies. One way is to check out programs at the Ontario Early Years’ Centre in your area.

 

  • You will be sleep deprived, find it hard to put your baby down even to go to the bathroom and difficult to remember to eat or take a shower sometimes. Take it one day at a time. Remember to take care of yourself as this is also important for your baby. Just remember – this too will pass.

 

  • The sound of your baby crying will be the worst sound in the world and make you stressed or anxious. Your baby is crying to communicate with you in the only way they know how. Watch this video on the meaning of different baby cries and remind yourself that as you get to know your baby better, he will be much happier and cry less.

 

  • Having a schedule is very important for the baby. Once I had the schedule down pact, I felt so much less stressed and started to find time for myself. I did find this hard to do at first since I wasn’t used to having a strict schedule 7 days a week but now it is much easier for everyone. A schedule ensures that baby is getting enough sleep and is eating enough during the day.

 

  • There is no one that you will love more than your baby. Savour those cuddles and giggles because they grow up so fast.

 

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6 thoughts on “Best Advice for First Time Mothers – What I Learned

  1. Thanks for the blog. My wife and I are planning on getting pregnant next year and have started to research. I like the idea of having lots of frozen food ready. Do you recommend any tips on products that can tell us the best time in month to conceive? Any help would be great.

    1. That is so exciting for you Dave and a very interesting question. I could write at least a whole article about conception so thanks for the inspiration. While I wasn’t actively “trying”, what I found helpful was using the Glow app on my phone. It will tell your wife when she is ovulating so that you know the best times to try. Good luck to you both! If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

  2. This was very helpful to read. Me and my wife are expecting and this is our first child. So I’ve seen searching all over the internet. To see the best parenting practices. I’m so glad I came across this article. I’ll be sure to bookmark and so I can read again when our little one gets here.

    1. Thanks James, I’m glad you found it helpful. There will be a lot more posts coming so keep watching and if you have a question, don’t hesitate to ask!

  3. These are great tips. I had my daughter 18 years ago and thought I knew it all when I had my son 4 years ago! It’s amazing how quickly you forget. If you can get the sleep right, then you are well on your way and are then able to cope with food preparation.

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