If we have understood anything from the character of “Rachel” from the TV show ‘friends”, it’s that being a new mother is challenging, stressing, and blissful. When you are going to be a mother for the first time, it’s inevitable that you face many challenges, but you have nothing to worry about.

I have listed some problems that come with becoming a new mother, as well as some tips, tricks and solution to solve and get past those challenges. It will especially benefit you if you talk to your loved ones about your insecurity.

How to overcome the challenges of being a new mother?

Sleep deprivation- 

It’s a given challenge after becoming a mother. You might have to stay up all night waking up to feed your child, making him sleep, cleaning his poo and pee. Most newborns have a tendency to play, eat, and cry only at nighttime, when the moms are already exhausted to the core and the worst part is you will have to work full time next days and also take care of the child. It will take some time to adjust to the new sleep schedule for you, but you will adjust to it soon. You should get as much sleep as you can, whenever your baby is taking a nap. That way you will have many small power naps and you will be good to go!

Breastfeeding issues- 

Some mothers struggle to produce breast milk and feel unaccomplished and loose self worth while feeding baby formula for her little one. Some infants may also not accept mother’s milk and have to rely on top feed formula bottle. Breast pumping works but can be a challenge for most moms as it is an extensive pumping process, but it’s necessary to feed your child. Moms may be hesitant to use a baby formula in the beginning, but as they say; there are no right and wrong in parenting and whatever works best for your child and your over all family is the best decision a mom can make.

Challenges Of A New Mom
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Lack of me-time- 

You may read every day at night, stream shows, and participate in other activities every day before having a baby. Once a baby is born, for a while and initially, you will have to compromise on your me-time. Your baby will need you for support, safety, love, and food 24*7. Of course, spending time with your baby is a reward itself, but you may have to cut down on the self-care and me time especially if you are the primary caregiver!

Out of shape- 

Being a mother not only has mental challenges but also physical changes. You may have gained some “baby fat” while you were pregnant. This is because you ate according to your cravings and couldn’t do any intense workout. So, after your baby is born, you may experience the glum feeling of being out of shape. Moms often struggle anywhere between 6 months to a year to get back to their original shape or sometime even more time. But its ok, take your time and do not be in a rush!.

Other side affects you will face is that you may talk gibberish and baby talks with adults as well. You will have to cut down on your social life and eat very healthy so that your baby gets the appropriate nutrients for their development. Moms may also experience baby blues wherein they feel inefficient when they cannot calm their child. Remember, this is a temporary phase and soon you will adjust into your “mommy role”. This new phase in your life is indeed hard but trust me, it all gets better and bright! Being a mom is indeed the million dollar experience!

Posted by:Swati Rai

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