The first month following the birth is poeti-cally referred to as Baby Moon. It is a time when a mother should allow herself to focus fully on her baby's first precious weeks of life. Also, it is these first few weeks of new motherhood which encompass some of the greatest changes and learning you and your family will go through in the realms of parenthood.
I've mentioned before that there are body changes, mind changes and lifestyle changes which pregnancy and motherhood generate, and yet, as obvious as this is, so many women vigorously resist the lifestyle adaptations necessary for the best start to their baby's life. Perhaps this is because most people do not like their lives dictated to by parents, politicians, books such as this, let alone a little baby! Perhaps it is because they think such things don't really matter to
bring up. Keep remember-ing what it is your baby needs most: rhythm, warmth, quiet, love, constancy. By providing these things life will be smoother and the desire to run away will diminish. As well, in retrospect you may wish you had spent more time being intimate with your baby during these precious weeks.
Be sure to create space both physical and emotional that allows you to find your own feet as a mother. Particularly for a first time mother there is the barrage of advice from professional and family quarters that threatens to overwhelm, confuse and undermine your best efforts. Watch out for health professionals and others who may want to do it for you. It is far more helpful if they support you in discovering how to do it for yourself. Advice should be welcomed and considered and merged with your own intuition in the circumstances.