As a woman you were probably brought up not to ask for help, and to soldier on regardless.
But the first few months — years even — of motherhood can test even the toughest amongst us.
As a new mom, your time is not your own anymore but that of your newborn, with exhausting results.
Sleepless nights, breastfeeding, trying to soothe your crying child, while at the same time keeping up the household chores — having a baby can feel like a constant toil.
But help is at hand, and in this supplement that is the message from several different experts.
Do not be afraid to ask for it, because you are just as important as your baby. It is important that you also stay happy, rested, healthy and fit.
The La Leche League of Bermuda stresses that having a support network in place is vital.
“You need people who will take care of you, so you can mother your baby,” is their advice.
Gwyneth Rawlins of the Argus Group also tells new moms: “You need to look after your baby, but you also need to look after yourself.”
This means getting enough exercise, sleep plus time for yourself, as well as following a healthy diet.
Carol Asuncion, assistant vice president, finance, of the Argus Group, also tells her story, of how she managed to find a balance after the birth of her son, Karl.
“Now I have some balance; I have learned to let go when I need to and I make sure I spend time on myself,” she says.
It is easy to accept help from family and friends, such as in cooking, shopping and cleaning, so don’t feel ashamed to ask for it.
Kelly Alfieri, of website TheBump.com, says how much support you may need will depend on each individual and their circumstances.
She says: “Finding the right support can be tricky, but remember that the help isn’t just for you — it’s for you, your baby and your family.”
So remember, people are there for you and are more than willing to help.
Oh Baby 2012!