When a baby comes into the world, it’s ever so tempting to shower the mom with adorable clothes and toys. New parents certainly appreciate gifts, but sometimes the most valuable ones won’t be found in the baby section. Recovering from childbirth paired with lack of sleep and the stress of caring for (and worrying about) a newborn too often distract mothers from the basics of self-care.
“A lot of the time mothers focus on the baby and don’t take care of themselves, especially moms who don’t have enough support,” says Samina Makani, MD, of Women's Integrative Health in Encinitas, CA. “And part of getting the postpartum blues can be due to fatigue and feeling overwhelmed.”
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Help from family and friends has never been more important once a new baby is on the set. If you’re there to offer a hand, try out these small but meaningful ways to support new mamas.