It still surprises me how uncommon it is for mom's to admit they need a break. Motherhood, especially new motherhood, is rough. And even though I've been at the gig for three years now, I'm still learning slowly but surely to take breaks and ask for help. Many moms approach new motherhood from an "I can do it all" mentality, which while admirable, will quickly lead to burn out and more stress than you need to deal with. There are several unexpected things that happen to your body is you don't have "me time" as a new mom, and none of them are good.
No matter what shape your alone time takes — a short walk, a night out with friends, time in your bed to read a good book — making it a priority will not only ease your stress, it will make you a better mother to your baby. It's ok to ask for help.
The weeks (and months) after you bring your baby home from the hospital are some of the most stressful — and beautiful — of your life. But if you don't intentionally seek self-care in these months, you'll miss out on the beauty and remember only the stress.