It's one of the most miraculous and stressful times in a woman's life— being a new mom. The constant on-the-go of new motherhood can leave you feeling tired, worn, and generally unhealthy. Taking good care of yourself is one of the best ways to ensure that you can take great care of your child. The following are some tips that will help you adjust to new motherhood and start feeling like your old self again.
Take it slow – In this type A world a lot of moms feel like they have to get back in to shape right away, back to work right away… Give yourself enough time to adjust. Your body has been through a lot and should be given time to ease back into things. It will be better and healthier for both you and your baby in the long run.
Take naps – Sure, maybe your baby's nap time would be a great time to get that laundry done and, sure, maybe you think you're used to not sleeping after a while, but, believe you me, your body knows the difference. Getting a healthy amount of sleep is the core of all health. Missing out on a solid 8-hour stretch can throw your hormones, adrenals, and brain chemistry out of whack. Try to catch up when you can.
Don't crash diet – A crash diet isn't going to keep the weight off in the long run. Besides, if you're breastfeeding it can cause problems and lower your milk supply. The consensus is these days that the only diet that works is healthy, smaller, more frequent meals. Eating whole foods (not over-processed) in this manner will help your metabolism and stimulate your milk supply.
Walk – Walking is not only great exercise, it's also a great opportunity for you and the baby to get some fresh air. Go to the park, see some trees, say hi to some neighbors. It will do a lot for your health and your sense of well-being.
Socialize – One of the greatest stressors of being a new mother is the isolation. You're often on duty 24/7. Even with the most helpful and supportive partner, you can still feel like you're cut off from the world. Mental health is a huge part of overall health— make sure you take some time to get out and see friends or even make new ones.