The postpartum recovery period is an amazing time for a mom and her newborn baby. This recovery time varies for every woman. Being a work-at- home mom, you may want to get back to work before the 6 week recommended time period. Remember, it is important to take the time you need to care for yourself and your baby properly. Although this is an exciting time, adjustments to the new changes in your life may cause some stress and fatigue.
Common Postpartum Recovery Problems and Tips
- Fatigue: Remember to rest when your baby sleeps. During the first week, you should stay in bed as much as possible. The laundry can wait. You need your sleep to be able to properly care for yourself and your newborn.
- Baby Blues: It is common for mothers to experience feelings of sadness, depression, and even anger due to the hormonal changes your body goes through during birth and the postpartum recovery period. Usually, these feelings will subside after the first week. If you find you continue to feel down, you could have postpartum depression and should consult your doctor.
- Aches and Pains: Take it easy; your body has made some amazing changes over the last nine months and will continue to change as you heal. You can use hot and cold packs to ease discomfort and to increase circulation which will enable you to heal quickly. The aches and pains will subside over the next few weeks.
Cater to Your Mental and Physical Health
- Nourish your body. It is important during the postpartum recovery to replenish your body with vitamins and proteins. Make sure you are eating 3 meals a day and stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water especially when breastfeeding.
- Get Support. Enlist helpers during this time to do household chores, assist with the baby, and help keep visitors to a minimum.
- Find Balance. Your schedule will be hectic in the postpartum recovery time. Once you and your baby get into a routine schedule, it will be easier to take on more tasks. You will need to find a balance between taking care of your newborn, taking care of yourself, dealing with household duties, and when ready, getting back to work.
Getting Back To Work
It is nice being able to spend time feeding, playing, and loving your baby during the day; however, it can make getting work done very difficult. Work-at-home moms tend to be easily distracted and find it hard to create a quiet place to work. Once you and your little one get on a more structured schedule, you will learn how efficient you can be with work while your baby is napping, swinging in a swing, or down for the night.
The goal is to become more efficient, productive and organized, as you have less time to do what needs to be done. You might be working in 2-3 hour blocks, so communicate to your employees, clients or customers specific times when you can take calls. Fill out paperwork, manage bills, compose letters, and emails at night after the baby falls asleep. This is where balance can come in. Some moms with a larger workload hire a nanny to watch their child for a number of hours a day so work can be accomplished.
Whatever work you do, find the work/home balance you need to succeed in bonding with your baby while working at home. It takes a little finesse, but with some organization, determination and balance, you can make it work for you!