Baby Help from Karimums Careline | Mums, Dietitians and a Midwife
As a fellow mum, I can wholeheartedly relate to the concerns and daily experiences of other mums, offering comfort and support. As a dietitian, I can also provide up-to-date information when it comes to making the best decisions about caring for your little one. Many first-time mums lack confidence, but a 'mother's instinct' is often right. It's a wonderful thing being able to reassure mums that they are doing the right things for their babies!
Kristin, Dietitian and Mum
My top tips:
- If your baby is growing and settling some of the time, you are already doing really well.
- If you are feeling snowed under, ask for help. There will be others feeling the same way. Remember — 'a problem shared is a problem halved'.
- Build your confidence in small steps and take time for relaxation when you can.
Being pregnant was exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. Neither my pregnancy or birth went to plan, but my baby was perfect and luckily took to breastfeeding well (once I was taught by the practical midwife!). I remember thinking that he was the cutest he would ever be at 6 weeks old, but as he grew, I kept revising the cutest age continually...
As an advisor on baby nutrition for many years, I really enjoy being able to use my training as a dietitian to help other mums with their babies. It's one of the most rewarding things, being able to reassure them that they aren't alone. Being a mum myself, I can also understand their fears and their joys.
Christa, Dietitian and Mum
My top tips:
- You are fine tuned to your baby, so trust your intuition!
- No two babies are the same. Remember that your little one is a unique little being.
- Enjoy your baby every step of the way.
Having a baby was the most special thing that ever happened to us. Juggling a full time job with my new role as a mum was quite a challenge, particularly since our son was not a good sleeper and needed feeding very often. Luckily I was blessed with a very supportive husband who fed, changed and rocked baby to sleep when I couldn't be there. I soon learnt the true meaning of the word "partnership" and what it takes to raise a child as part of a loving team.
I have two little boys, so I completely understand what other mums are going through. I enjoy talking to mums as I can often relate to them with my own personal experiences. After working on our careline, I know that talking to someone can be really reassuring, and I love helping mums feel that they're not alone.
My top tips:
- Trust your instincts when it comes to your baby.
- Join a walking group: It gets you out of the house, you can socialise with other mums and exercise at the same time!
- If your routine works for you, stick with it.
I tried for two years before I conceived my first child. It was definitely worth the wait. I was exhausted in the early days of pregnancy, I found it really hard to concentrate and keep my eyes open at work! But I didn't have morning sickness (thank goodness for that). Apart from swollen ankles, the rest of the pregnancy was a breeze. I was only in labour for four hours, so it wasn't as bad as everyone had described it to be! My second pregnancy was quite similar to my first. Now I have two very talkative boys who are 5 and 2 years old. I can't imagine my life without them.
I have been with Nutricia for more than 10 years in a customer care role. During this time, I have helped many callers with questions and issues around being a parent, and in some cases, being a grandparent. As a mum of two, I understand that every day brings a new challenge to the exciting role we take on when becoming a new mum or dad.
My top tips:
- Always have a routine. If you can get this established sooner rather than later, you will find it works wonders for both you and baby.
- If you are offered help, take it. It doesn't mean you can't cope – it just allows a wee window of "you" time.
- Whatever is happening today or this week, you can be sure it will always be different the following day or week.
I can still remember the excitement of finding out I was pregnant like it was yesterday. I kept well through both my pregnancies and luckily never experienced morning sickness. Both deliveries were normal, no problems. My first baby was too cosy where he was and arrived fourteen days late, while my wee girl arrived on the exact date we expected her to. Even with all the support I had from my incredible husband and parents, there were days where I really felt out of my depth. Very scary sometimes, I think I worried about everything – but half of those what-if's never happened! Being a mum has been the best and proudest thing I could have ever become, through all the stages and ages, just an awesome time. Now my successful adult children (24 and 27) are out in the world making their own way. But no matter what their age, you never stop being their mum.