Parkridge Health System - February 25, 2019

There is nothing more special than the moment your baby is born, when you look into his or her eyes for the first time. You are consumed with the love you feel for your child — and everything else just doesn't seem to matter.

Except, even after having children, you do still matter.

That's why our team at Parkridge East wants you to make sure you are making yourself a priority, too!

Let's take a look at ways you can be the best mother possible while also keeping true to who you are.

Accept Change

When you have a baby, things change. Your ideas change. Your dreams might even change — and that is totally OK.

However, when these changes occur, it is important to thoughtfully consider what you really want in life and your new goals and dreams.

Even though change is inevitable, that doesn't mean you should stop striving for your goals.

Acknowledge Where You Are

After having a baby, you are in the stage of life where you are figuring out life with a newborn. It can be scary, exciting and filled with a number of emotions.

Rather than trying to get to where you were before motherhood or wishing your life away for the future, accept where you are right in this moment.

Once you accept where you are, you can find happiness with your newborn by living in the present and enjoying every moment. It goes fast, mama.

Embrace Self-Care

You are going to be caring for your new bundle of joy 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You are going to need all the energy you can get.

Make sure you are taking time to recharge your batteries when you can.

Whether it's taking a coffee break, going to a movie with your partner or simply enjoying a long shower, you want to make sure you are grabbing those moments for yourself so that you don't lose steam in the journey of motherhood.

Are you welcoming a new addition to the family? Visit Parkridge East to learn about what we have to offer for moms and babies.