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Navigating the New Normal: Postpartum Tips from a Fellow Mom in the Trenches

Photo of Jasper and I - Taken by Hocus Focus Photography
Photo of Jasper and I - Taken by Hocus Focus Photography

Hey there, fellow new moms! If you're reading this, chances are you've recently embarked on the wild ride of motherhood, and let me tell you, it's a journey like no other. As someone who's just six weeks into this crazy adventure, I thought I'd share some postpartum tips from the trenches – because let's face it, we're all in this together. These are tips I have gotten from other fellow moms I know, my doctor, and online research.


  1. Listen to Your Body: Seriously, mama, your body just performed nothing short of a miracle. So, it's crucial to listen to what it's telling you. Whether it's aching muscles, lingering soreness, or that nagging feeling that something isn't quite right, don't ignore it. Trust your instincts and don't hesitate to reach out to your healthcare provider if you need support. I really struggled the first couple of weeks since I had a C-section and I would get frustrated when I would need help with simple things like getting out of bed or washing my legs in the shower. This is where I had to lean on my husband a lot and just accept that I couldn't do everything by myself right now. There were so many days where I would push my body too much and do too many things around the house and I would pay for it by the end of the day by being in incredible pain, so please learn from me and TAKE IT EASY!!!

  2. Take It One Day at a Time: During sleepless nights and endless diaper changes, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. But remember, you don't have to have it all figured out right away. Take each day as it comes, celebrate the small victories (like managing to take a shower – hooray!), and give yourself grace on the tougher days. I found making a note on my phone of little wins or cute things that Jasper did helped me when I got overwhelmed. It allowed me to look at it when I was overwhelmed and remember all these good times we have already had so I wasn't focused on everything I felt like I was doing wrong.

  3. Accept Help: Repeat after me: "I am not a one-woman show." Seriously, there's no shame in accepting help – whether it's from your partner, family, friends, or even hiring a postpartum doula. Trust me, those extra hands and words of encouragement can make all the difference in the world. My mom comes over at least once a week, Maliks parents come over every Sunday, and my dad and sister come over whenever I text them as well. It seriously takes a village to raise a child, so don't forget to use yours!

  4. Prioritize Self-Care: Yes, I know, self-care might seem like a distant memory amid your baby's cries and endless feedings. But trust me, it's more important now than ever. Whether it's stealing a few moments for a hot shower, indulging in your favorite treat (Thank goodness for Chocolate Mini Egg Season), or simply taking a few deep breaths, prioritize self-care whenever you can. My favorite self-care things were watching Tiktok and following all these fellow boy mom Tiktoks, cuddling my husband when we finally got Jasper to sleep, walking around the neighborhood, and planning future photoshoots for Jasper's first year.

  5. Connect with Other Moms: Let's face it, no one understands the joys and struggles of motherhood quite like other moms. So, don't be afraid to reach out and connect with fellow new moms – whether it's through mommy groups, online forums, or even just striking up a conversation with that mom at the park. Trust me, you'll find an incredible sense of camaraderie and support in knowing that you're not alone on this crazy journey. This is something I am going to force myself to do once the weather gets warmer. I even found an Airdrie Moms group that does multiple meetups a month - https://www.facebook.com/groups/697338685716724 I also found messaging my two other mom friends helped a bunch! They were always there to answer my questions or listen to me vent. Bonus, since they are also fellow moms, they were up in the early hours too!

  6. Celebrate Your Wins: From mastering the art of feeding baby to surviving your first solo outing with baby, every milestone – no matter how small – deserves to be celebrated. So, take a moment to pat yourself on the back, mama. You're doing an amazing job, and those little victories are proof of just how strong and resilient you truly are. Remember that note I made on my phone about all our little wins, I highly recommend making one of your own, it kind of works as a little journal too because you can always add photos and such to the note as well.


So there you have it, fellow new moms – some postpartum tips from someone who's right there in the trenches with you. Remember, you're not alone, and you're doing an incredible job. So take a deep breath, soak in those newborn snuggles, and know that you've got this – one day at a time.


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Meagan Paige Photography - Calgary and Airdrie Photographer

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About Me:

Hi there, I am Meagan Paige!! I am the one answering all the emails, posting on social media, and taking all your lovely photos. I have been doing photography for about 5 years. Everyone I know says I was born in the wrong era. I love anything vintage, especially Vintage Cameras! When I am not taking photos I am out buying more props for my future sessions or of course spending time with my amazing husband and crazy puppies! Family is incredibly important to me and I cherish every moment I spend with my parents and sister! I love capturing the moment and making memories last forever. This website is my way of showing what I am capable of and how much photography means to me. I post new photoshoots as soon as I can in hopes of keeping my website new and exciting! I am more than welcome to branch out of my comfort zone and try something new, so if you don't see the certain style you are looking for message me and we can work something out. I am always learning new tricks and techniques. I hope you enjoy my work and have a fantastic day! XOXO

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