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Survival Guide for New Moms

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As a new mom, I made a lot of mistakes I could have easily prevented. Here's my honest-to-goodness list -- so you don't do the same (plus a few suggestions, too).

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Notes From A New Mom: Having a newborn can take a toll on your self-esteem and wreak havoc on your whole world. Though we love our babies more than anything, there are some things that I could have done that would have definitely made the transition into having a baby go a little more smoothly. 

Don't make the same mistakes I did during the first three months of motherhood:

DON'T shop at Forever 21 in dirty sweatpants. Everybody knows these clothes are made for people with the bodies of 12-year-old boys, and since you aren't even in your jeans yet, why torture yourself? Speaking of jeans ....

DON'T try on your pre-pregnancy jeans two weeks after giving birth. Every day for a week, I did this -- thinking they would magically zip up again. That's not going to happen for a while.

DON'T sit inside and watch TV during the day. It seriously depressed me, and I didn't even know it. Instead, go for a walk around the block, go get coffee, get some fresh air.

DON'T stop doing your hair. One day I blew out my hair and I felt SO much better! Amazing how such a small thing could make such a difference.

DON'T wear the same sweats for a week. Just because no one sees you but your baby doesn't mean you have to let yourself go completely. I put my sweats in my "exercise only" pile and forced myself to wear things like dresses, leggings and (eventually) my jeans.

DON'T stop seeing your girlfriends. I never went out, even for coffee or a quick drink. One night, I grabbed a glass of wine with one of my friends -- and I felt like a new person again.

DON'T just talk about the baby when you're with your husband. On our first night out together, all we did was talk about her poops, her burps and the faces she makes. Try to talk about other things, too!

DON'T try to multitask. It is impossible to open a bottle of wine, change your baby's diaper and send a text message all at the same time. Take a breath and do one thing at a time.

DON'T stop eating. Not eating will not make you lose weight faster. It WILL make you super cranky. Just ask my husband.

DON'T get stuck online. The baby's finally sleeping through the night? Get off the computer and into bed to sleep! I wrote e-mails, sent announcement cards and created projects for myself once the baby finally started sleeping. Now she's teething, and guess what? Not sleeping again. I lost my window of opportunity.

Do you make mistakes your first time around? We want to know!

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