The number one issue I deal with as a post natal doula is sleep deprivation! Let’s face it, sleep is a most basic human need, and we all, in the least, go a little loopy when we’re low on it. When I was having babies, my husband and I would refer to it as ‘wake torture’. And it was just that.
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When talking with expectant mums, I’ve always majorly underplayed the extent to which their life is about to change.
Sure, there’s going to be lots of new joy, wonder, and excitement, but a newborn, by nature, can leave you a little rattled, scratching your head, wondering how the heck you got yourself here (although I’m sure your memory isn’t quite that bad).
Calling all pregnant women! You might have realised by now that your body is producing a miracle-a-minute. The extraordinary way that your system has naturally turned into a baby-nurturing-wonderland is incredible. Blows your mind, doesn’t it!? Your baby is getting the goods and this is always a reassuring thing, however, sometimes the flaw in the system is when YOU need to rest.
Welcoming parenthood, also welcomes a world of sleeplessness, but did anyone tell you that the sleep would start to be sapped well before bub arrives?
With a boulder for a stomach, continual pummels from the inside and an eternal need to pee… it’s a miracle that a pregnant woman catches any shut-eye at all.
Congratulations! You’ve survived pregnancy and birthed like a boss! You should be totally loving yourself and amazed at what you’ve achieved, but let’s be real, you probably aren’t.
It’s felt from the moment you conceive, isn’t it?, that inexplicable guilt that’s attached to pretty much anything you do. If you didn’t feel it through pregnancy or the way you birthed, you’re likely to be feeling it keenly now as you wrangle being a mum of a newborn.