Motherhood is a highly rewarding experience. Welcoming a new baby into your arms for the first time is a moment you won’t forget. But, like everything in life, there are ups and downs to motherhood. If you’re adequately prepared for these newborn challenges, you’re more likely to enjoy the ups a little bit more.
Here are 10 horrifying newborn challenges many moms face.
1. What Sleep?
Unless your baby is a complete anomaly, expect to wake up every few hours for feeding. You’re going to be very tired and will likely have to deal with mood swings, headaches, and a compromised immune system until your little one starts sleeping through the night. Snatching a few minutes of sleep whenever you get the chance can help you regain your energy and your mood.
A solution? Having a spouse, partner, or family member help. Yes, breastfeeding is important for good baby health and having pumped milk may not be a convenient option during late night feedings, but it can be used in the day. Have someone help while you sneak in a nap.
2. Breastfeeding Can Be a Challenge
It turns out there are a variety of challenges that can pop up when you attempt to breastfeed. Here are a few of the most common:
- Lack of milk production
- Baby not latching
- Painful feedings
Talking to a lactation consultant is a wise move that can help you overcome breastfeeding problems so future feeding sessions go smoothly.
3. Your Hormones Are a Mess
When your placenta comes out, your progesterone levels drop significantly. This sudden drop can leave you feeling very sad and alone. This sad feeling is often referred to as the “baby blues,” and is experienced by up to 80 percent of women after childbirth.
Understanding your body and why you’re feeling the way you’re feeling is a good first step to helping you cope. You can also get through this period easier if you don’t neglect yourself. Take time to listen to your favorite music or soak up some vitamin D by taking your newborn for a walk.