The toughest thing for a new mother to do is to get back into the swing of things and settle into a routine that includes having a new baby. Adjusting to motherhood does take some time to get used to, but once you establish a schedule that is flexible and works for you and your child then you have to be focused and diligent and stick to the schedule because it can be difficult to do.
When you are recovering from giving birth and settling into a routine there are some things you need to remember to do always. You will need a healthy and balanced diet, and often go jogging with your baby. By sticking to these things can help you to begin feeling like yourself again slowly, but surely.
I want to give you 5 tips for a healthy diet that includes daily exercise that is meant for new mothers specifically. Our hope is that these 5 tips will help you to slowly move back into a revamped healthier lifestyle.
Continue Taking Prenatals
This may sound weird, but is especially importing for mothers that intend to breastfeed their baby. You should continue to take your prenatal vitamins. It is just like taking a multivitamin with all of the added minerals that it contains.
It is very beneficial for your child that you continue to take these vitamins. You can consult with your physician about a prenatal prescription for you now that you have finally given birth to your child. The reason we say to consult your physician is that going through your doctor will allow your insurance to accept some of the cost of your vitamins.
Even if you are not intending to breastfeed continuing to take prenatal vitamins after you give birth still has vital vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to you and your child. Vitamins like vitamin D, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12.
Lose Weight Safely
Some women begin taking a ton of supplements and other weight loss pills in the hopes that they can lose the weight they put on while pregnant off quicker. However, losing weight quickly can be very dangerous to the mother and her milk supply.
Also losing excess weight can cause you to feel less energetic and more rundown then you felt when you were pregnant. You need to consult your doctor about how much weight you should lose per week and how to lose weight in a way that won’t affect you and your child in a negative way by robbing your milk supply of its nutrients.
If your losing weight to fast there may be a few reasons that you’re losing weight too quickly. Those reasons may be things like not getting enough calories throughout the day, you could be overworking yourself (taking care of everyone and everything besides yourself, and perhaps you may have an overactive thyroid gland.
To pinpoint the issue you will need to speak with your doctor so that the excess weight loss doesn’t continue to cause a negative impact.
Exercising regularly helps you with a number of things like losing the extra pregnancy weight, reduces backaches, constipation, bloating, helps improve your mood, improves bad posture habits, helps with muscle tone and strength, and promotes better sleep quality. If exercising a few times a week will do all of this for a new mom then you should get to it.
But of course weight the recommended six weeks before beginning to exercise again. And even after the six weeks is up you shouldn’t jump into exercising full throttle you should take your time and ease your way back into it. You can exercise by doing things like walking, jogging, or taking a class at your local YMCA.
If you can’t make it out of the house and to a class at the gym all you have to do is check out a mommy and me workout video that’s easily found on youtube. Trust us there are tons of other moms that have engineered their workouts to incorporate your baby into your exercise time.