One thing that all new moms know is that the excitement of being with your baby tops everything else. On the other hand, it’s just as important to take care of yourself and your mental health as you embark on this new journey. In honor of World Health Day and Ashley’s own journey into motherhood, we wanted to highlight some key ways that new moms can take care of their health while focusing on this exciting chapter of their lives. Remember, your health and wellness matters too!
Listen to your body
Your body is always trying to tell you something, and some signs are more crucial than others. One of the most commonly reported pregnancy-related issues for women is back pain, especially after giving birth. In fact, 50% of women will experience some form of back pain after their pregnancy. If you’re in pain, it’s so important to listen to your body and not ignore the signs. In regards to any other concerns, pick up the phone and give your doctor a ring if you’re unsure of what to do or what you’re feeling.
Honor Your Rest
It’s vital that you get your rest too as a new mom. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of new motherhood and ignore your own needs—every new mom is guilty of this. However, your body is fresh out of pregnancy and you can’t afford to experience burnout or chronic fatigue. It’s okay to rest, and you should never feel guilty about that.
Ask for Help
Lean on your loved ones during this period. Whether it’s your partner, family, or friends, there are people who want to be there for you and help with anything you might need. This could be help with changing diapers, getting you some food, or simply watching your baby as you honor your rest. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help, every new mom could use it.
Plan Your Meals
This is a major time-saving tactic. While you’re planning your baby’s feeding times, consider your own meals too. Slot in some breaks and meal prep, whenever you can, to take the pressure off. Plenty of new moms have reported skipping meals or eating at odd hours simply because they don’t feel they have the time. You should never feel too busy to eat, and this is one way to make it a little easier for yourself.
Don’t Skip Your Vitamins (chances are the immune system isn’t super strong right after birth—don’t ignore daily supplement intake)
After giving birth, it’s important to keep your immune system as strong as possible. Don’t skip out on any daily recommended vitamins and supplements, from your doctor or other health professional. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends taking postnatal vitamins for the duration of your breastfeeding period. Vitamin D, iron, B12, and DHA are some of the most recommended postnatal vitamins for new moms. Check out of the top-rated postnatal vitamins here.
Your hydration levels are just as important as anything else after pregnancy. Don’t ignore your water intake! Experts at the breast pump brand, Ameda Direct, share that as a general rule of thumb, you should drink 1/2 to 3/4 of an ounce of water per pound that you weigh when you aren’t nursing. Moms in the breastfeeding phase usually notice that they’re thirstier than usual, and if they are, it’s recommended to go above this recommended limit.
As a new mom, you can’t put too much strain on your body, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get moving. Light exercise is great for strengthening your body after giving birth and for clearing the mind as well. Going for a daily walk or doing some light yoga can really help get you in a good headspace for the day.
Be Kind to Yourself!
Motherhood is lovely, but it’s not easy! There will be times where you beat yourself up over the small things but the most important thing to keep in mind to be kind to yourself. This is one of the most exciting times of your life and it should feel that way.
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