Dealing with a pandemic like coronavirus (COVID-19) is stressful enough. Adding a new baby into the mix can feel scary and overwhelming. During quarantine and social distancing, it can be even more difficult to seek help or get the support you need.
It's easy to put self-care on the back burner when you're busy making sure everyone else is healthy and happy. You know the saying "sleep when the baby does"? As hard as it may be, try to heed this advice.
Remember, your laundry isn't going anywhere and you'll feel much better after some rest. And being quarantined, there's no one to notice that you haven't showered in 3 days. So go ahead, break out your favorite comfies and take it easy.
With job changes, you're most likely to have both parents home from work. Take advantage of this time and ask your partner for help with your newborn. Asking for help isn't a sign of weakness, it's quite the opposite.
"Sometimes asking for help also means you are helping yourself." - Renuka Pitre
It's okay to ask questions. Just like asking for help, asking questions is a good thing. Your pediatrician expects you to have lots of questions about your newborn baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics shared their recommendations for patient care during COVID-19:
"In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the benefit of attending a well visit and receiving necessary immunizations and screenings should be balanced with the risk of exposure to other children and adults with potential contagious diseases." Source
A newborn baby communicates through crying, so over time you'll learn to understand what your baby's cries means. Take some time to check if your baby is overheating, if your baby in hungry, etc. If you still have a fussy baby, try using Happi Tummi to relieve colic, gas or constipation problems.
Finding a mommy support group may be harder now that you can't meet other moms at the playground or in line at Starbucks. But that doesn't mean you can't make new friends or find the support you need for your newborn.
Try joining Facebook groups to connect with other moms. Chances are the feelings you're experiencing aren't so different and you'll find someone else that's in your same shoes. Us moms have to stick together.
Perhaps the best piece of advice? Keep positive. This won't last forever. The world will heal and you'll be out showing off your new baby in no time.
What tips do you have for moms staying in with their newborn?