Being a mom is such a wonderful gift from God. First, not all women are given the privilege to bring forth a child on earth. Second, not all women are capable of stewarding a life for a number of challenging years. So, if you are a mom reading this right now, kudos!
But being a mom is not all chocolates and roses. There will be difficult times, and there will be many of them. From the very beginning, a mom already takes on the burden of carrying a life inside her tummy for nine long months, then excruciatingly opening herself up just to get that little bundle out where he should be. The first few months of caring for a newborn is very critical in the life of both woman and baby. It is very important to give them the support that they need as they transition into their new lives as mom and child.
Now for husbands and family members, here are reasons why we should all give a hand to support moms, especially new moms, in their first few months of motherhood.
- Moms need time to recover physically.
Birthing a baby is not at all easy. Whether it is via natural or caesarean birth, there is really no easy way to bring a child into this world. The physical and emotional trauma that a woman goes through needs time to heal. So, mothers need help for them to get enough rest and recover. With all the feeding and nappy-changing duties, mothers need to take a break every now and then for them to regain the strength that they need to take on full-mothering responsibilities.
- Moms need to learn the ropes in caring for a newborn.
First-time moms need enough time to learn the basics in caring for a newborn. The presence of an adult who has the right skills and has the teaching ability to guide the new mother is very essential for the mom, and the baby, to survive their first few weeks.
- Moms need to come to terms with her new emotions aka hormones.
Pregnancy and delivery can take a toll on a woman emotionally. She needs time to realize, accept, and absorb her new role and the responsibilities that come with it. This stage is very emotionally draining. So mothers need all the right moral support that they can get. Plus, do not forget the hormones. So, someone who is considerate and mature enough should be around to absorb the shock just in case it explodes.
- Moms need to be a wife to her husband.
Aside from mommy duties, they need to be wives to their husbands as well. They cannot stop cooking meals, doing laundry, or cleaning the home. So, the help of someone who can either do the housekeeping or the babysitting can greatly help a mom do her other responsibilities. Of course, the mom and the baby need to eat, dress up, and live in a clean house, too. So, whether the mom is a wife or not, she would have to do these household tasks still and would need a helping hand all the more.
- Moms need to take care of herself.
Just because a woman has been promoted to “mom”, this does not mean she should stop caring for herself. And with the hormones still present, a new mom can easily fall into depression when she sees herself getting ugly, looking drab, and feeling boring. So moms would have to take personal breaks in between mother-ing and wife-ing to make sure that she still keeps herself intact in between these two major roles.
Home with Help, provider of personal care services in the greater Scottsdale, Phoenix AZ, understands the struggles of new moms that is why we offer Nanny Care to support families, especially in their first few weeks of caring for a child.
With the right support and the love of her own family, any woman can survive the test of the first few weeks of mommy-hood. For more tips on how to find the right nanny or how to find the best caregiver, you may check out our other blogs.