Common concerns in early motherhood

Common concerns in early motherhood

Common concerns in early motherhood

While undoubtedly you are putting all your concern and energy into your newborn baby, who is looking after you? The early stages of motherhood can be quite tough, particularly if it’s your first time round. Often mothers are so involved with being a mother that they can neglect their own concerns or problems. It is important to address the concerns you may have about yourself, as it may help strengthen you, so you can get back to being a mother. Below are some of the common concerns women have during early childhood.

Common Breastfeeding Problems

Common Breastfeeding Problems

Common Breastfeeding Problems

Nature intended for mothers to breastfeed but when nipples start to hurt and breasts become too heavy to carry, breastfeeding may not feel natural at all. Breastfeeding should not hurt and if it does it’s usually because the baby isn’t latched on properly. This is a common problem faced by many new and experienced breastfeeding mothers but rest assured there are solutions.

Common concerns with your baby

Common concerns with your baby

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As a new first-time mother, you may come across many things that will cause you to worry and stress. But fear not! There is no doubt, whatever you are dealing with, someone has dealt with it before. Here we discuss some of the most common concerns for a baby, parents may have.

Overcoming the breastfeeding blues

Overcoming the breastfeeding blues

Overcoming the breastfeeding blues

I consult with a lot of women in my clinic who are first-time mothers that are struggling to breastfeed.Often, their child is very unsettled and not sleeping, and the mother comes to me feeling rundown, weepy and generally struggling to cope. This is not an uncommon picture for many new mothers. There is much pressure […]

Lifestyle whilst breastfeeding (early motherhood)

Lifestyle whilst breastfeeding (early motherhood)

Lifestyle whilst breastfeeding (early motherhood)

Finally in your sights is the miracle and beauty of your baby girl or boy. Mothering your infant will be both blissful with countless memorable milestones and exhausting from much deprived Finally in your sights is the miracle and beauty of your baby girl or boy. Mothering your infant will be both blissful with countless memorable milestones and exhausting from much deprived sleep. Your boundless love and devotion for your little human being might be pushing your priorities in life and lifestyle choices behind your child’s needs to be the best mother you can be. It may be weeks or months before you do something for yourself and you shouldn’t feel guilty when you finally get your hair or gym membership done. Looking after yourself and your relationship with your partner will also better your role as a mother. Some other common concerns or decisions new mothers face when caring for their newborns are discussed below to provide you with some guidance during these early years.

Nutrition whilst breastfeeding

Nutrition whilst breastfeeding

Overcoming the breastfeeding blues

Continue with your good eating habits for breastfeeding is yet another stage in your life that demands high nutritious foods and energy intake. Breast milk quality is maintained at the expense of the mother therefore it’s important that you meet your nurturing needs to safeguard your health and the health of your baby. The fat stores laid down during pregnancy will contribute some energy for breastfeeding although the majority of additional energy is met by increasing your intake of nutrient-dense foods. Overweight women who restrict energy intake and participate in moderate activity to result in a loss of 2 kg per month during early postpartum are unlikely to affect their breast milk production and infant growth.

Recovery after giving birth

The time after your baby’s birth is a period of physical and emotional readjustment. Your body will gradually return to a semi-normal state. At the same time, you and your family will be taking on new roles to cope with the inclusion and demands of your new baby. The length of time it takes to adjust is different for each family and each family member. Factors such as your baby’s personality, your parenting experience, and the amount of help and support you have will all play a part in your readjustment period. It helps to know what to expect, and plan ahead as much as you can.

Breastfeeding and its many benefits

Breastfeeding has many benefits. On a health and nutritional level, breast milk is likely to provide all the nutrients your baby needs, and protects your baby from certain diseases. On a psychological level, breast-feeding promotes a special loving bond between you and your baby, and many women feel very emotional whilst breastfeeding. These benefits explain why The National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia) recommends that babies be exclusively breastfed for six months, with gradual introduction of complementary food and continued breastfeeding thereafter.

The top 10 must have micronutrients

We all start off as just one cell (a zygote). From that, inside the mother, the cell rapidly divides into billions and billions of cells which become specialized (eg. muscle, nerves, bone, skin, organs etc). So when you think about it, cell division and surrounding pathways are crucial for optimal fetal growth. These mechanisms don’t […]

The crying game

The Baby: What is this place? I was warm and comfy at home, why did we leave? Mum is with me, but I don’t have her full attention. What could be more interesting than me! The Mother: I only have an hour to rush through this shopping list! Charlie just had a nap so he […]