Giving birth to your first child, or introducing a new little person into your growing family is one of the most joyful times of any woman’s life, but it can also be extremely trying.
Lack of sleep, major adjustments and anxiety about the challenges ahead can all mean that new mums feel a little overwhelmed during pregnancy and the first few months of motherhood.
Self-care is that current buzz word which can only seem a distant notion as a new or expecting mum when ‘the self’ comes second. But this is exactly why it’s so important to have some tangible ideas for simple things you can do to make it all a little bit easier.
We’ve also included three top tips from new and expecting mums in the Bonsoir extended family to help you along the way…
Indulge the Senses
Self-care is all about paying attention to what your mind and body needs. We recommend indulging the senses in every aspect. Never underestimate the power of a beautiful home fragrance to help you feel relaxed and revived, as well as soothe the mind and body after a frazzled night’s sleep.
Top Tip: Whether it’s an oil reed diffuser or a scented candle, surround yourself with beautiful aromas from morning until night.
Choose citrus, fruity and minty shades for a bit of energy during the day, and hygge or lavender scents during the evening to soothe your body into a restful mode with a cosy, intimate ambience.
An uplifting or soothing fragrance will complement a meditative atmosphere and help you to centre both mind and body.
Setting your bedroom environment to have the best possible night’s sleep is one of the most important parts of self-care. While you will likely have disturbed nights during the first few months with a newborn, creating a relaxed environment will mean that the sleep you do have will rejuvenate and revitalise body and mind.
Start with finding some comfortable and comforting fabrics to get cosy. This counts for both your sleepwear/nightwear and bedding itself.
Top Tip: Silk is a breathable, naturally hypoallergenic fabric that that is kind to both your and your baby’s skin. Invest in silk pillowcases and sheets to support a luxurious night’s sleep.
Silk also helps your body adjust to cooler or warmer temperatures making it a great year-round fabric. This also means one less thing to think about for busy new mums as the seasons roll on. Silk products also come with a range of health and beauty benefits including anti-ageing qualities to give a boost to new mums.
Finding the Perfect Sleepwear
When it comes to what you wear against your own skin, choosing lovely, luxury fabrics for both your day and nightwear is such an essential part of self-care for new mums.
Top Tip: As new mums, we are constantly focused on the needs of our babies which means we sometimes don’t even have time to get dressed until later in the day. Treat yourself with some luxurious loungewear to make you feel good all day and night.
Choose a classic brushed cotton or cotton modal fabric for all the luxury plus a flexible fit for comfort.
Any mum will also know that blending luxury with functionality is key – we love this soft pink jersey nursing shawl as it is tailored towards fuss-free breastfeeding at home or when you’re out and about, ideal for those mums who are a little nervous about nursing and want to enjoy a comfortable, stylish and flattering product with a design tailored towards no-fuss feeding.
As new mums, we must remember to take care of our babies and ourselves. We hope that this post has given you some good insight into how self-care can be done easily and effectively to boost your mood, energy, and quality of sleep. It’s also good to weave a bit of luxury in our lives wherever possible.
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