Updated: Aug 23, 2018
We are hard-wired to feel gut-wrenching pain when our kid cries. It's nature's way to make sure our babies survive. However, this biology often has new moms sacrificing their well-being.
To take care of another little human, you need to take care of yourself. Repeat that with me.
I found Sarah Peck's advice to new moms in her Startup Pregnant Podcast comforting: Pretend you have four kids. With four kids, you can't drop everything you are doing to run to your baby. In fact, two of your kids will most likely be crying at once. It will probably take you a few minutes to get to your baby. Fourth kids grow up fine.
A rule I had was that I always went to the bathroom before I picked up the screaming baby in the middle of the night. Yes, with new moms, even peeing in peace is self-care.
So take that moment. Everyone will be better for it.