Motherhood is truly a journey and it hits a woman as soon as the baby arrives. If you have a close friend who is making the transition into motherhood, consider these four ways you can support her and help her feel loved at the start of her new journey.
1. Cook a few meals.
The baby is finally here, but the mother still needs to eat. Find out what some of her favorite foods are. Cook those dishes and bring them over to her home. If she loves food from a specific restaurant, order it and have it delivered to her home. She'll love the chance to enjoy a good meal without standing in the kitchen to make it.
2. Offer to babysit.
Pregnancy can really change a woman's body. Furthermore, labor and delivery can really be an intense experience. A new mother deserves a massage. To be kind and considerate, purchase a gift card to a local spa. Send the mother to get a nice massage and stay with her baby while she enjoys the massage. Babysit so that she can get a few hours to herself. Even if that means that you babysit while she goes in the other room and takes a nap, give her the opportunity to get some rest while you take care of the baby.
3. Send a few gifts.
Send a few gifts to let her know that you're thinking of her. Sometimes, when a new mother is in the trenches of the first few months, they can tend to feel like they're alone. Even if they're not alone, they're not getting a lot of sleep and might feel a bit delusional. Order nut gift baskets so she can get some protein on the go. Send a stunning bouquet of roses to brighten her home and her day. If you know a few of her favorite places to shop, send gift cards from those stores, so she can enjoy some shopping time.
4. Give her some space.
Now, it's important to remember that a new mother is dealing with a lot of stress. It's a new season of her life. She has a newborn that requires a lot of care. She's also not getting much rest. Be understanding and respectful of her time. More than likely, she's not going to want to hang out late at night. She's probably not going to want to go shopping with the baby. When you're constantly inviting her out or calling her, it can get potentially annoying. Consider having a conversation with her before the baby comes. Let her know that you're there for her if she needs you. At the same time, you're also going to give her time and space to bond with her baby. Let her be the one to say that she wants you to come around a lot. Otherwise, be considerate of her need for space.