New motherhood is packed with joy, sleepless nights, stress, happiness and tons of surprises and emotions. Here are 5 tips to help you stay balanced and healthy as you navigate the world of being a new mom!
Tips For New Moms:
Drinking enough water/fluids is critical to keeping your energy up, and for any breastfeeding mom, it’s super important for your milk supply! Carry around a water bottle with you and fill it with coconut water, regular water, or a tiny bit of apple juice mixed with a ton of water. Mixing things up with different types of hydrating drinks helps, so you don’t get bored of just plain water every day.
2: Take a bath or a shower every day:
It’s important to hand your little one to your husband, partner, grandparent, or anyone you have to help so that you’re able to take 20-30 minutes to yourself to unwind, relax and take a shower. It’s amazing how just one shower a day can make you feel more “normal” and improve your mood despite the sleepless nights you might be enduring. And in the same vein, try to change out of your PJs after your shower – it’s the first step to motivating you to get out of the house!
3: Get moving:
This doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym every day (which, if you’re at home alone with your little one, is nearly impossible!) But try to find ways to stay active a few times a week if you can. One option could be going on long walks with your baby in the stroller. And on the weekends try making a trip to the gym in your building while your husband/partner/grandparent/babysitter watches your baby. You can also do some yoga in your house while your little one naps, or carry them in a carrier while running errands.
4: Don’t expect too much out of yourself:
No one can do it all. Make sure to get as much support as you can and ask for help when you need it. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you feel like you’re not doing enough – it’s a long, tough road at times so it’s important to be gentle and kind with yourself.
This might sound like a no-brainer, but it is a huge challenge getting meals together while taking care of a little one by yourself (while your partner is at work and you’re still on leave). Make sure you don’t skip breakfast and take advantage of the naps during the day to prep your other meals on time. Make sure you don’t miss any meal for good health.
And most importantly, just enjoy every minute you can of new parenthood. At times it’s super challenging and tiring, but it’s also amazingly rewarding and an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime!