Be a Little Selfish Before and After Baby Arrives

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The weeks and months before and after the birth of your baby are demanding times. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

When was the last time you gave yourself permission not to do it all? Many of us are self-conditioned, adhering to the idea that we have to show up 100 percent for everything at all times, yet we rarely put the same enthusiasm into taking care of ourselves by resting when we need to and saying no to obligations that simply won’t fit into our packed schedules.

The Importance of Self-Care

During motherhood, taking care of yourself is critical for you and your baby. When you are rested and restored, you can best meet your baby’s needs. When you could benefit from a break, don’t be afraid to enlist the help of family and friends.

Communicate your needs to your loved ones so they know how they can best be of service. Simply delegating a few of your daily to-dos may help tremendously in terms of helping you stay mentally and physically fit during this time of transition. Consider asking for help with the following:

Shopping—Heading to the grocery store or pharmacy can be quite the task when you are expecting or taking care of a newborn. A family member or friend might be happy to help pick up items from your grocery list or diapers from the store.

Cleaning—Enlist an extra set of hands to help you keep up with tasks such as laundry and vacuuming.

Babysitting—Ask a loved one to take care of your little one as you take a nap or make a quick trip to the salon or spa to pamper yourself with a massage or pedicure.

Remember, this is time to be treasured! Make the most of it by ensuring that everyone is enjoying it—including you.

McKenzie-Willamette Birthing Center offers a variety of services for expecting parents and postpartum support. Call (541) 741-4649 for more information or visit McKWeb.com.

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