It's important to remember, however, that your mood can affect your baby and other children. Here are some ways to give yourself a lift:
- Take a break- Arrange for a babysitter or child minder for a regular time and take some time out for yourself. Consider going to the spa for a massage and full facials. You can go on a date with your partner or you can go shopping with your friends and have girls time out.
- Get active- A daily walk and jog can help lift your mood and even help shed some of the pregnancy weight too.
- Be social- Spend some time with other adults,like family,friends,or other mums who you can share your experiences, challenges and get some kind of comfort. It's soothing to share your problems , you will find out ,you will soon be feeling better and knowing, you are not alone. Check with your borough/council for mum groups, they are usually free.
- Get creative- A diary or photo album dedicated to your family, is a good way to keep you busy and helps you capture the new and exciting milestones you and your family are experiencing.
- Take a nap- If you are getting up during the night with your baby, chances are you are exhausted. If you are tired, sleep during the day when the kids are in school or if the baby is asleep.
- Ask for help- You can't do it all. Don't be afraid to ask your partner, family or friends for help with the kids or with your baby, helping out with the housework or for emotional support.
- Call a doctor- Many women suffer from postnatal depression. if you think you have one or feel low, talk to your doctor.