Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me About Sleep Deprivation and Motherhood?
Sleep and a Newborn
Probably because that would have been mean. LOL!
Seriously though everyone wants to tell you about their birth, their stroller, their breastfeeding/formula stance. I never had ONE person tell me about the sheer superpower parents have when it comes to surviving those first few weeks with a newborn.
The 4th trimester sounds so glamorous compared to the TRUTH!
With my third baby on the way, I know what is coming once this baby is born.
I, like all moms out there will somehow find the sheer will to wake up every two to three hours to nurture and feed this sweet little baby.
(Yes I know there are those moms out there that have the babies that sleep 7 straight hours…congratulations. Happy for you…)
My goal is to help those mommies like me that struggled silently with sleep deprivation.
Here are some things I have changed to help myself manage sleep deprivation better this third time.
- I have already hired an amazing ihelpmoms.com lactation consultant AHEAD of time to help me breastfeed to the best of my ability due to suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
- I have a trusted babysitter already reserved and lined up 4 months prior to the birth. My husband won’t be able to help with those wee morning feedings and my family is 3,000 miles away so I have to plan my support system well in advance. Postpartum doulas and Baby Nurses are also available on ihelpmoms.com for you!
- I have bought the most amazing PILLOW OF HEALTH ever to ensure when I do get to go back to sleep after feeding the baby I can maximize the quality of sleep I get!
- My mommy therapist is on call when I need to gain perspective and avoid complaining to my hubby. If you have ever battled postpartum depression you know what I am talking about.