Since the moment those lines turned pink, you probably began preparations for welcoming a new little one into your world. You likely picked up one or two baby books, read up on labour and delivery, and even attended a parenting class to make sure you hadn't missed a thing.
Then came the big day. There is always a ton of excitement surrounding a new baby when he or she arrives, but often, not much attention is paid to the one who made it all happen behind the scenes: mom! If there's anything new moms everywhere can agree on, it's the absolute need for postpartum self-care - something that most of us tend to forego so we can focus all our time and energy on that brand new bundle of joy.
While that tiny little cherub is definitely worth the sacrifice, it's important to remember that mom's health and well-being is vitally important, too - especially during those crucial few days, weeks, and even months following the birth of a new baby. Publisher, social media strategist and author of the new book, Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year, Maria Lianos-Carbone, knows this all too well. A mom of two herself, she definitely knows a thing or two about that first year.
"There are plenty of books and resources about how to properly care for your new baby, but what about caring for yourself during that first challenging year?" said Lianos-Carbone. "You can't draw water (or breast milk, for that matter) from an empty well!"
All from a very personal perspective, Lianos-Carbone uses humour and honesty to lay out her guidelines for the care of the new mom throughout the first year following the birth of a baby. She cites “proper care and feeding" as one of them, and also tackles other more serious issues that can certainly be bumps in the road for any new mom.
These challenges include the myriad of physical and emotional changes mom goes through post-delivery, sensitive issues surrounding postpartum depression, and even advice on rekindling intimacy with a partner. Oh Baby! promises to keep the focus on moms, in a relatable, non-patronizing way that all new parents will surely appreciate.
Lianos-Carbone also manages a leading lifestyle blog, amotherworld.com, for women who also happen to be moms.