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Coping with Sleep Deprivation and Fatigue As a New Mom

Becoming a new mother is a life-changing and rewarding experience, but it can also come with its own set of challenges, particularly when it comes to sleep. Many new mothers find themselves struggling with sleep deprivation and fatigue, which can impact their overall well-being and ability to care for their baby.

Sleeping like a baby

When I gave birth to our baby girl, the first two days she slept like a baby. I really don’t know where that saying comes from because since I have a child, I sleep less than when I was childless. But anyway. When she started to have bowel movements, she got cramps. She was up all night crying hysterically. We didn’t sleep much the following days. Then people started giving me advice on what to get her to calm the cramps, and it became better. I never realized what a blessing sleep could be until that day.

Acknowledging Sleep Deprivation

The first step in coping with sleep deprivation is acknowledging the issue and seeking support from loved ones, such as a partner or family member. It’s also important to have realistic expectations about the amount of sleep you’ll get and to prioritize self-care activities such as exercise, healthy eating, and relaxation.

Napping When Your Baby Naps

One practical solution to sleep deprivation is to nap when your baby naps. This can help you catch up on missed sleep and recharge your batteries. I know it’s easier said than done because you still have your household, but is it really? What if you just let that slide for an hour or two? Would it really be that bad that you choose yourself over making sure your dishes and laundry are done for the day?

No Blue light before bed

It’s also helpful to establish a bedtime routine for yourself to wind down and prepare for sleep. This can include activities such as reading a book, taking a warm bath, or listening to soothing music. I try to stay off my phone. If I start scrolling Instagram or put on a really good series, then it makes sleeping even harder. All the blue light before bed suppresses the production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycles. Also, your baby is probably sleeping now, so try to do the same.

Talk with your partner

It’s also important to communicate your needs with your partner and to seek help when necessary. For example, if you’re feeling overwhelmed and need a break, consider hiring a babysitter or asking a trusted family member to watch the baby for a few hours.

Don’t be so hard on yourself

In addition to these practical strategies, it’s important to be kind and patient with yourself. Remember that sleep deprivation and fatigue are common and temporary experiences for new mothers, and it’s okay to take time for yourself to recharge and restore your energy.You are learning to be a mom while doing all the things you did before you had a baby, and you want to spend time with your baby. Be honest with yourself and take a deep breath.

Reminiscing About Sleep

In conclusion, sleep deprivation and fatigue can be difficult for new mothers, but with the right strategies and support, it’s possible to cope and regain a sense of balance and well-being. By prioritizing self-care, seeking help when necessary, and being patient and kind with yourself, you can overcome these challenges and enjoy the many rewards of motherhood.

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Adventure-loving mom blogger. Breastfeeding from December ’21. Sharing her insight on pregnancy and motherhood while embracing a healthy & active lifestyle. 

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