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Lifestyle : My Baby
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Helping hand . . . just because you’re a new mother doesn’t mean you have to shoulder the burden alone. Mum’s the word M otherhood brings with it many magical moments but the evolutionary instinct to nurture your child and sometimes forget about your own needs might take you by surprise. However, the director of women and babies at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Dr Andrew Child, says the happiness of new mums is as critical as caring for the physical and emotional demands of babies. ‘‘The mother and baby are a pair,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s enormously important for the mother to be thought of and seen as the other part of this baby- mother relationship.’’ Social groups Before giving birth, you’d be forgiven for thinking you couldn’t possibly have anything in common with other women, just because you’re all new mothers. But doctors and mothers alike say the mothers’ group is an important source of support in the first couple of months — even years, for some — particularly if you are a first-time mum. Designed to provide a forum for swapping experiences and providing social contact for mums who might feel isolated, mothers’ groups are organised by local early childhood centre nurses who also provide expert advice on parenting, breastfeeding techniques and immunisation. Eating well Many new mothers struggle to find the time to eat when caring for their baby’s needs. Eating well is important for keeping up your energy levels but also if you intend to breastfeed, because your nutritional needs increase. Your partner or loved one can look after bub while you have some downtime to eat. Child warns against dieting in this early stage of motherhood, as your body is still recovering from the stress of birth. Friend and family support This point can’t be stressed enough, Child says. No mum should feel as if they have to look after a child alone. Ask for support from your partner or extended family and, if you find yourself feeling anxious or stressed and are having trouble coping, many telephone support services for new mums are there to help. Exercise Mothers benefit emotionally as well as physically from gentle exercise in the first eight weeks. Child encourages mothers and their partners to go for a stroll with baby in tow, as he says fresh air relaxes the mother and the baby. However, women who have had a Caesarean section or complications with delivery should stick to exercise that has been specifically developed by their doctors or physiotherapists. See Karitane, 1300 227 464; Tresillian, (02) 9787 0855; or the Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline, 1800 882 436. WHERE TO GET HELP Websites Ǡ tresillian.net Ǡ bubhub.com.au Ǡ kidspot.com.au Apps What to Expect — Baby Tracker: free. Parenting tips from Heidi Murkoff, author of the famous and enormously popular bible for new parents. Keep track of baby milestones, sleeping and feeding norms and get practical advice on common newborn ailments such as colic. Available for iTunes and Android devices. White Noise: $1.99. If you, your partner or little bub need some extra help dozing off, this New York Times-recommended app provides a range of ambient sounds to help you relax and go to sleep. Listen to ocean waves, soft rainfall and gentle chimes and set the volume to fade so you don’t wake up suddenly.
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