Ask for Help Before You Need It.
I remember being up at 3am with my first son: he was crying, I was crying, and my husband was sleeping. I felt so utterly alone. After a week of these nights, I confessed to my husband that I needed help in those wee hours. He was glad to get up and had no idea that I was struggling because he (somehow) slept right through it. If I had not asked, he never would have known.
Do not hesitate to communicate your needs. Get creative if you don't have family or friends nearby: ask a neighbor or church group, find a support group through your local hospital or even a local Facebook group. If you have the money, hire a post-partum doula. Those who have been down this road know just how hard it is to ask for help, and also how necessary that help is. No one will be shocked or surprised that you need help because every new mom does. Before you find yourself really in dire need or at the end of a very frayed rope, ask someone for help.
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