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Keeping Your Identity While Caring For A Newborn
Caring for a newborn can all-consuming while also the most rewarding experience of your life. It can
take all your time and energy, which you are happy to give - but it also can leave little time for tending
to your own needs as a person. There are ways to create a healthy balance, which will benefit your
newborn as well as yourself. Read on for some ideas on how to maintain your own identity while
adjusting to your new role as the parent of a newborn.

For mothers who have gone through nine months of carrying a child, the focus was likely on nurturing
your body for the coming addition to your family. It is inevitable that you will feel changes to your body
after giving birth, including some extra weight. It is important to lose the weight and get back to your
normal body style, but the most important thing is for you to be healthy. This will enable you to care
for your child in a more productive way, as well as help you regain a sense of self confidence. While
losing the weight from pregnancy, focus more on your health than on shedding the pounds. Get
plenty of exercise and eat nourishing foods, and the weight will likely fall off as a result of doing the
right things for your health.

If you have a partner in the child-rearing experience, make sure that you get some help with feeding
times during the night. You need your strength for the daytime hours of constant caring for a
newborn, so don't be hesitant to ask for the help that you need. Your partner will benefit from the
bonding time with the baby during the night,and you will get some much needed rest for your body.
Giving birth is a physically demanding experience and it takes some time to recover from it,
regardless of well you may feel afterwards.

Make it a priority to get some time to yourself each and every day, even if it is only an hour or two.
You need time to relax and compose your thoughts, and to stay in touch with your own personal
feelings and activities. If you had a consistent lifestyle prior to giving birth, such as an exercise routine
or time out with friends, do not give this up entirely. You need these things to retain your own sense
of identity, and your child will be better off if you are happy. Take advantage of friends and family who
will likely enjoy getting to know your new family member. Find a gym with a daycare center, or a
babysitter who can spend a few hours in your home at night while the baby is sleeping.

Although personal friends inevitably take a back seat to spending time with your newborn, it is still
important to retain these ties. Interacting with adults will keep you healthy emotionally and ease the
stress of motherhood. Refrain from talking constantly about things regarding your baby, especially if

your friends are in a different place in their lives. What may be fascinating to you can become tedious
to friends if that is all you are interested in. Ask about their lives and activities, so they will not feel
neglected or that they are no longer important to you.

Just doing these simple things can make a big difference in the quality of life you maintain as an
individual who happens to also be a new parent. Try some of these ideas, then enjoy the time that
you have both with - and without - your new baby.
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