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As a new mom, you may feel anxious, nervous, excited — or all of the above.

Embarking on the journey of motherhood is certainly life-changing, and often in the best way. That doesn’t mean the adjustment won’t present challenges, especially since this is your first time around. That’s why it’s important to go easy on yourself as a new mama.

Whether you feel confident to enter motherhood or are a bit daunted, there are certain things you can do to remind yourself that you don’t have to be perfect. In fact, you won’t be, and that’s OK. After all, motherhood isn’t about perfection, it’s about showing up and showing love.

Because new motherhood is magical, difficult, exhausting, and amazing all at the same time, we put together the best tips for making the transition a bit easier. Remember, you don’t have to have everything figured out. And going easy on yourself can make life a whole lot better for you, your new baby, and your partner. So take the pressure off, and read through these ways to give yourself some grace.