Offer to help
Becoming a parent doesn’t mean that the world stops, there’s still grocery shopping to be done, meals to cook, rooms to tidy and general everyday tasks to be completed. Why not ask your friend if you can lend a hand with the cleaning, do the washing up, or prepare some food while she gets some well-deserved rest.
Remind them that social media isn’t real life
We all know how easy it is to get sucked into social media, and new moms are not immune to this! Make sure that your friend isn’t comparing herself to the so called ‘perfect’ posts she’s sees online. To counteract any doom-scrolling blues, you could share body-positive pages or funny videos to brighten her day, or pass on a book that you’ve loved for her to read.
Make sure she takes time for herself
Once the baby has arrived and if your friend feels comfortable being apart from her little one, you could offer to look after him or her for an hour or two to give them a break. Suggest that she catches up on some sleep, gets her hair done or goes for a postpartum massage while you take the baby out for a walk. If your friend has older children, you could offer to take them to the park or cinema for a few hours to give mom and the new baby time to bond one-to-one.