20 Essential Tips For New Moms To Stay Healthy
All new moms make the mistake of doting so closely over their baby that they completely neglect their own wellness. Can you blame them? They’re responsible for a little life that has no idea how to take care of itself and loves to put everything in its mouth whenever possible. You’re bound to let self-care fall by the wayside as a new mom, but the important thing is that you pick it back up. You obviously won’t be attending daily spin classes or making juice with your loud blender day and night like you used to, but there are still ways that, as a new mother, you can prevent yourself from becoming sick, sluggish and out of shape. Here are ways new moms can stay healthy, and still have more than enough time for their babies.
Let them watch TV
If you limit how much television your children watch, then that’s all that matters. Feel free to allow them 15 minutes a day, because that can be when you get 15 minutes to do absolutely nothing.
You probably don’t realize how much running around you do between unloading laundry, cleaning dishes, and following your curious child down the hallway. You’re likely dehydrated and don’t know it.
Take walks with baby
You don’t have to choose between exercising and spending time with your baby. Put on your running shoes and take your baby out for a power walk in the stroller. She’ll love all the sights, and you’ll get to burn calories.
Get on the jungle gym
Have you gotten on a jungle gym lately? Those things are no joke. If you have children who are big enough to go to the park, climb those ladders and maneuver those rope swings with them. You’ll feel the burn.
Prepare your snacks with baby’s
You already take the time to prepare read-to-go snacks for your baby. While you’re in the pantry, grab some nuts and dried fruit and prepare snacks for yourself, too. You need to keep your blood sugar stable if you’re going to avoid a crash.
Make your own baby food
It’s healthier, anyways! And it gives you a chance to keep healthy ingredients on hand that you should eat too, like carrots and bananas. You can snack on some while you puree the rest.
Get serious about meal prep
If you’re already getting out the cutting board, the salad drainer, and the big pot, cut more, drain more, and boil more. You can usually make three or four times as much food as you had planned without adding much time to your actual cooking time. That way, you can freeze several nights’ worth of dinners.
Opt for sleep instead of social media
You may think that hour of scrolling through social media or reading a book before bed relaxes you, but what would really relax you is just going to sleep earlier. Your body will thank you in the morning—it won’t be wondering how the Netflix show ended.
Adore your baby
Make sure you take the time to adore that little bundle who you run around for all day! Take 10 minutes to just look into your baby’s eyes, speak to her in “motherese,” and marvel at her. You’ll get a burst of happy hormones.
For goodness sake, eat breakfast
It’s so easy to say, “I’ll have breakfast as soon as I…” but then there is always one more thing, and before you know it, it’s noon. You could get more done by noon if you just took 15 minutes to eat breakfast, first thing in the morning. You’ll see a huge change in energy.
Schedule adults-only nights
Pull out calendars, email people early, lock down your favorite babysitter ahead of time and schedule adults-only nights. You need one night a month with your girlfriends and some cocktails.
Schedule just-you nights
Don’t forget to schedule nights just for yourself, too. It’s easy, as a new mom, to feel you’re losing your identity, the thought of which can depress you. Schedule nights to take yourself to a museum or a movie.
Your partner is just as responsible for your child as you are, no matter how busy he is. Don’t be afraid to delegate some tasks. I bet you don’t do that enough…
Work out during your meal breaks
If you have invited a friend to sit with the baby while you eat your lunch, exercise during that time instead. Think about it; a lot of taking care of a baby involves sitting or just using one arm. You can eat your lunch while you push your baby’s bouncer with your foot.
Invest in home workout equipment
You can keep an eye on your children and run on the treadmill. You can’t do that if you’re running on the treadmill at the gym, so make your own gym.
Create a help network
Reach out to the new moms you know, get a phone tree going, and make sure everybody feels totally supported. Create a network of moms who you can turn to when you feel totally overwhelmed. It takes a village, remember.
Keep gentle wipes on hand
Your baby crawls on and eats everything. Keep gentle, hypoallergenic wipes around the house so you can wipe your little one’s hands and feet off before they crawl into your bed.
Stay connected to your work
Feeling like motherhood is putting you behind in your work or making you irrelevant in your industry can cause a lot of stress. If you are taking a break from work, put aside one hour a week to reconnect with colleagues via email, and read up on your industry’s periodicals.
Buy the pre-cut veggies
This is no time to be a hero. Spend the extra $2 for the butternut squash that’s been pre-cut and the salad that’s been pre-washed. You need those ten minutes more than you need those two dollars.
Laugh at it all
At some point this week you probably changed a poopy diaper while fixing your lip liner for date night and pretended to be a dinosaur to make your baby laugh. You should be laughing, too. Laughter is good for you and if you look around, you can probably find several reasons to giggle.