Our Baby and Beyond New Mums Confidence Classes are brought to you by our Norfolk based expert team of professionals, Jo Adams and Cathy Cookson. Both professional hypnotherapists, Cathy and Jo have developed their unique programme after recognising that there was a lack of independent support for new mums. Here they talk about the surprisingly common ‘baby blues’, and give you a few tips about what you can do to help maintain your own well being, whilst dealing the stress, as well as the joys, of having a new baby.
What are the ‘baby blues’?
The baby blues are so common that they are considered normal – as many as 60-80% of new mums suffer with some form of baby blues in the first few months. You may feel moody, anxious and worried about your baby, or tearful without knowing why – these feelings can come as a real surprise as it can be the last thing you expect after the joy and elation of having a new baby. And, if you’re unaware of just how common it is, it can feel very isolating.
These feelings may lift within a few days as your hormones balance out and your body adjusts, however many people can struggle with the baby blues for much longer. As well as the physical changes you’ve experienced, the emotional impact is huge. The reality of parenthood may not hit you for days or weeks after having your baby and the new sense of responsibility can be overwhelming. However much you wanted your baby and love being a mum, the changes in your life can make you feel trapped and fearful. If you feel exhausted and unable to get a good nights sleep, it can feel like there’s just no light at the end of the tunnel.
What can you do to feel better?
The good news is that, with the right support, information and techniques you can take back control and avoid the baby blues. Experts recommend you…
– rest when you can
– eat well
– make time for your self
– talk about it
– take gentle exercise
Remember to look after yourself!
When you’re juggling everyone else’s needs it can be easy to forget about yourself. When you take a flight, the emergency instructions say you must secure your own oxygen mask before you can help anyone else. It’s just the same here. By looking after yourself, you can make sure your baby has everything they need and Baby and Beyond confidence classes were developed to help new mums do this.
Learn self calming techniques and gain confidence to ease yourself into parenthood by building an understanding of what’s happening physically and emotionally to both you and your baby. Like all life experiences, if you understand what’s happening you feel more in control, calmer, and more able to cope. Learn to trust yourself, enjoy your baby, and get the most out of this wonderful time in your life.
Our Baby & Beyond New Mums Confidence Classes are not running at the moment but, if you would be interested in this course, please contact Reception on 01603 631 900, email [email protected] or go to our contact page.