When you get pregnant, you assume you will love being home all the time, just snuggling and enjoying your new bundle of joy. While part of you enjoys this quality time, another part of you might start to experience some isolation.
Your spouse or partner likely spends a lot of time outside the home at work, while your friends and family members also have work or other responsibilities. This can cause a lot of loneliness over time. The following tips will help you get past the feeling of new mom isolation.
Find Other Mom Friends
While spending time with your friends who might not yet be moms can also get you out of the house and battling isolation, you might have an easier time getting along with other moms. They understand what it’s like being a new mom and all that comes with it. You can be honest and upfront with them about things that your other friends might find to be a little too much information.
Join a Mom’s Group
Another way to get help with your isolation is to find either local or online mom groups. A popular group is called Moms Offering Moms Support, or MOMS Club, though there are plenty of other groups as well. These groups often meet up for play dates with the babies and help you get together to discuss the ups and downs of new motherhood.
There are also some communities online that allow you to ask questions and comment without having to leave home with your baby if you’re not quite ready.
Consider Getting a Part-Time Job
Even if your family doesn’t require you to work, it might be good to get out of the house and be with other adults for a little while. Babies take a lot of time and energy, so if you can find a way to have a proper sitter while you work a few hours a week, it can really do you a lot of good.
Find Quality Alone Time
At the end of the day, you love your baby, but need just a little time to yourself. Speak openly and honestly with your spouse or partner and let them know you need a small amount of time regularly to yourself. You can meet up with friends for drinks, head to a movie on a date night and have grandma watch the baby, or simply request an hour for a long and relaxing bubble bath.