How to Make Your Menstrual Cycle Less Awful as a New Mom

When you’re a new mom, a lot of regular things can feel next to impossible, like creating a relaxing bedtime routine, getting to enjoy a meal in peace, getting enough sleep, and maybe even just trying to shower without stress looming over you. In general, there’s just a lot you have to take care of. But with that all said, now trying to throw your monthly cycle into the mix. 

Yep, you read that right; you might be surprised or even a bit overwhelmed by the return of your menstrual cycle. It’s common for your period to come back within 4 to 6 weeks after giving birth if you’re not breastfeeding exclusively or are only partially breastfeeding. This can be a tough time as you’re already dealing with a whole new set of responsibilities. 

So, you’re lacking sleep, you have a baby, and you probably still have household chores to deal with, too- how are you going to manage all of this? Well, to be honest, it’s incredibly difficult; it truly is. So, with that said, here’s exactly what you need to know to make your monthly cycle a little more bearable while dealing with your other daily duties as a new mom. 

It’s Best to Plan Ahead

So, for starters, you’ll want to think about what you’ll need to make your period as comfortable as possible. Stock up on your preferred sanitary products before your period arrives so you’re not caught off guard. It’s also wise to have some pain relief on hand, such as ibuprofen or a heating pad, which can be lifesavers when cramps strike. Just make sure during pregnancy that you have everything on hand for when your cycle comes back. They say after having a child, it can be more painful and heavier- so you’ll need to prepare. 

Stay Hydrated

Alright, so this is super obvious, but hey, it still deserves attention too! Honestly, drinking plenty of water is always important, but it’s especially crucial during your period while being a new mom! For the most part, this can help reduce the intensity of cramps. Just make sure it’s only water and nothing else. 

Consider Your Options

How awful are your periods? Alright, just about every cycle is awful, and when you’re a new mom, they’re known for being awful, but prior to being a mom- how awful were they? For example, if you develop fibroids, then it might be a good idea to look into UFE treatment since this can significantly reduce symptoms without the need for traditional surgery. 

While yes, a monthly cycle is hard to manage, but you’re parent, so your responsibilities have just grew and you can’t really afford to have many days of rest (especially monthly). So it’s best to look into this or other options to see how you can make your cycle more bearable. 

You Have to Get Some Rest

As you already know, sleep can be scarce with a newborn, but lack of rest can make menstrual symptoms worse. So, everyone’s cycle is known for draining the energy out of you; you’re constantly sleepy to the point where you might crash anywhere, right? Now, combine that fatigue with around-the-clock newborn care, and you can probably imagine what little energy there will be. 

So, you’ll need to try to sneak in naps when your baby sleeps or ask a partner or family member to watch the baby while you rest. You can’t do this on your own, so don’t even try; you’ll have no energy- nothing. So get sleep where you can, ask for help, and even a short nap can help refresh your body and mind.

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