Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tips for new moms: Ingrid Callot on why life doesn’t end when lullabies begin

I, Ingrid Callot, know how hard it is for new moms to adjust to a lifestyle that is completely different from before. Although it happened to me a decade ago, the bittersweet feeling of the first few months of motherhood remains fresh, and quite true, up to this day.  

Pretty scared, pretty excited.  

Last week, when I attended an arts and crafts convention, I met a few soon-to-be moms. During the small talk, one of them blurted out that she’s afraid she won’t be able to survive the stress that having a kid entails. That particular statement inspired me to do this entry.

The mixed feelings that women have at the thought of giving birth and raising a child is completely normal. I, Ingrid Callot, felt the same way, and I bet millions of mothers did, too.

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Moreover, that phase, too, shall pass. To help soon-to-be moms, here are some things that they should expect to survive what is considered the hardest phase of motherhood:  

Lack of sleep.   Perhaps the most challenging of all, mothers lose the luxury of time to sleep and rest. This is solely because during the first few months—and in some cases, years—after they are born, babies do not have regular sleeping patterns.

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Less time to prepare food.  Cooking time may be hard to come by for new moms. With this, mothers are advised to stock up on healthy snacks and food that are easy to prepare because being healthy and having the energy is very important during this phase.

Ingrid Callot has a 10-year-old son, Jacob, who she educates about the matters of environmentalism, among others, early on in life.

Post-partum depression.  With the stress that this phase brings, new moms should know that they are vulnerable to what is called post-partum depression. To beat this, they should find ways to let their emotions out by having open communication with their partner or by asking friends to drop by for some small talk.  

Asking for help.  Mothers should know when to ask for help. Understandably, they want to be with their babies all the time, but everyone needs to rest. So having a nanny or someone who can cover for them just to catch up on some sleep can help big time.

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