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May 14, 2017
FOR MOST NEW MOMS, sleep deprivation goes hand-in-hand with motherhood. Your baby is, of course, a blessing and brings you joy, but many new parents are bewildered by how sleep deprived they get during those first few months. Waking up to change wet diapers does involve some lost sleep, but breastfeeding or getting up to prepare a bottle creates a real sleep deficit.
Sleep deprivation can cause a number of difficulties for you as a new mom. It can:
Here are some steps new moms can take to try to get better sleep:
Realize that your sleep deprivation won’t last forever. Once your baby sleeps more and more through the night, you’ll catch up on your needed sleep.
If you’re the new dad, you can help by roatating nightly feeding and changing your infant’s diaper. Get up with the baby for his/her feeding one night, and she can get up the next night. This way you both can benefit from sleep. If mom is breastfeeding, have her pump some milk so you can share the feeding responsibility.
Other things you can do to help include:
These are only some things you can do to help her. New moms spend a lot of time nurturing; mom needs to be nurtured too.
Chronic sleep deprivation poses real risks — risks that many new moms may not fully understand. You have to remember to take care of yourself too. Start by getting more sleep. When you get enough sleep, you can care for your baby much better and be a more involved and loving mom.
Enjoy your first Mother’s Day – and try to spend some time away from your baby!