How to Avoid the Mom Slump
Having a baby is so incredibly exciting. You finally get to meet the little life that has been growing inside of you for nine months, and you get rid of all the pregnancy woes (buh-bye swollen ankles)!
The first few weeks after your baby is born are wonderful. It is exhausting, but wonderful. You spend time nesting at home, bonding every minute of every day with baby, just focusing on you and your newborn.
Soon enough though, the lovely haze starts wearing thin and a bit of cabin fever sets in. Wearing pajamas all day and night starts to make you feel drab. The never-ending pile of laundry and dishes pile up and feel overwhelming. Eventually, exhaustion and hormones take over and you start to become a little hard on yourself. You miss the way you used to look and you feel a little down.
It is completely normal. The new mom slump happens to every mom. You spend so much time focused on your precious new baby that everything else falls to the wayside. When you finally venture out of the house, you feel like everyone has paid more attention to their looks and you feel a little out of place. Never mind when you have to start pumping while running an errand or are enjoying a nice dinner with friends – it definitely isn’t a glamorous feeling.
Don't worry, mama. We've pulled together a list of tips to help you out of your funk. You are a fabulous mom, and it's time to start feeling like one!
4 Tips to Avoid Mom Slump
1. Treat yourself
Sometimes treating yourself to new clothes, perfume or makeup can be all you need to boost your confidence. A small splurge will not only will it give you a chance to buy something other than diapers or baby clothes, but you will be excited to use your new items. Pick up a new pair of comfortable jeans and our adorable Millennial Mom sweatshirt to kick you out of your sweatpants and messy bun.
2. Spend time on yourself
As hard as it might be, you need to dedicate some time to yourself each day. Your partner can handle the baby for 30 minutes. Enjoy a bath-bomb bath, a long shower, or go for a quick walk and get some fresh air. Spending time on yourself is so important, and it does not in any way mean you are being selfish. Your baby needs you to be relaxed and happy!
3. Make yourself comfortable
You might have to start pumping after a little while. This can be quite tiresome and not at all what you want to spend your time doing. Unfortunately you might not have a choice, but you can make your pumping experience much more comfortable. A breast pump cushion from BeauGen can really help make your expression experience so much better. It cushions and protects your nipples from the hard plastic of a breast pump flange.
4. Remember who you are
You were someone before becoming a mom. Don’t forget that. You can only be the best mom you can be by being happy with who you are. Do the things you used to do, enjoy the things you used to enjoy. You deserve it.
Falling into the new mom slump is so easy, and pretty much unavoidable. Don’t sit and wallow in it though. Pick yourself up, treat yourself to something new, and spend some time taking care of yourself. You deserve it, and your baby deserves a happy, relaxed mama.