7 New Mom Sleep-Saving Tips

Talk to Your Doctor

"Ask her about using an over-the-counter medication, such as Benadryl, which can be okay while nursing," says Dr. Greenfield. Depending on your situation, your doctor might recommend something stronger. "Just taking something one or two days a week can make a new mom feel more together," she adds.

And a little rejuvenation could help you to put things in perspective. "I tell my friends with newborns that everything gets significantly better after the first six weeks, especially sleep," says Greensboro, North Carolina, mom Kathryn Whitaker, whose daughter Hannah is now 20 months. "I think it helps them to have a deadline to look forward to."

Originally published in American Baby magazine.

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