Take a Time Out
You may be spending so much time caring for your new baby that you’ve forgotten about someone else who needs personal attention: You. For new moms with ulcerative colitis, the benefits of "me time” can't be overestimated.
Once your baby is in her crib for a nap or bedtime, don't rush to do all the chores you've been putting off. Instead, take a few minutes to do something you really enjoy. Listen to soothing music or read a book. Exercise or call an old friend.
As often as you can, ask your spouse to take over or enlist friends or family members to babysit. Get out of the house for a few hours. Go shopping, see a movie, or get a relaxing massage. Or just go upstairs, run a warm bath, and soak for 30 minutes.
Still Feeling Stressed Out?
Don't try to be Supermom and do everything yourself. Recognize when you need help and take advantage of that help whenever it's available.
Call your doctor when symptoms are bothering you so you can increase your medication, get new medication, or get other treatment to get them under control.
Sometimes it helps to join a support group of other women with ulcerative colitis. Then you can talk about what's troubling you with people who understand your situation best.
The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America can help you find a support group in your area, or ask your doctor or hospital for a recommendation.
If you're feeling out of control and nothing is working to relieve the stress, consider seeing a counselor who is familiar with ulcerative colitis.