New Mom? Try These 3 Health Tips
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Health Tip #2 - Plan for Small Successes
Perhaps one of the biggest mistakes a new mom can make is having rigid expectations for success in the days following baby’s birth. Despite the number of parenting books read before baby’s arrival, unseen circumstances and curves in the road have a way to making any new mom feel like she can’t live up to her self-imposed specifications.
As a new mom of a (somewhat) unpredictable newborn, it’s best to plan for small successes for a healthy day and a healthy you. Plan to triumph in the following areas:
- Your Feedings - Just as you’re planning to feed your baby throughout the day, plan to feed yourself. Look for easy meals and quick (but healthy) snacks to keep you fueled up. If you’re breastfeeding, the first few weeks will bring an increased appetite, so don’t be alarmed if you’re running to the kitchen a bit more often than usual.
- Your Morale - Start your day well by showering (bring baby in the bathroom with you if needed) and getting dressed. You can even get in the habit of dressing your baby so you’re both ready to meet the day.
- Your Appointments - Just as you won’t be missing baby’s checkups in the coming weeks, make sure to schedule and keep your own appointments. Furthermore, if you have concerns about your postpartum recovery, call your doctor immediately. Don’t put your health on the back burner by solely focusing on your child’s.
- Your Health - Help stop the spread of germs by washing your hands (or using hand sanitizer) throughout the day. This is especially important after diaper changes and before preparing food for yourself or bottles for your newborn.
- Your Hydration - Staying hydrated won’t just help your immune system, it’ll also give you an extra burst of energy. In those first days of motherhood those little energy bursts are what sustain you. Keep a water bottle nearby and fill it up throughout the day.
Health Tip #3 - Be Prepared to Offer Forgiveness
Much like the mood swings during your first trimester, the postpartum period is fraught with hormonal changes. Without warning you may find yourself on an emotional roller coaster: on top of the world one moment and feeling like you’re blue the next.
Plan to offer yourself (and your partner) forgiveness from day one. All of a sudden you may be spending hours each day feeding a baby while your partner rests on the couch. Skip the frustration over undone chores and recognize that you’ve both had a lot of changes; stealing moments to rest are okay.
After all, the days (and nights) can be extremely long with a newborn. Yet, before you know it, your baby will be smiling, reaching for toys, and rolling over. Find moments to cherish and store those memories of the first weeks with your newborn.
by Sami Cone
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