MAY is FOR MOMS
Amidst the stockpiles of “how-to” books available to guide new moms on all topics, where is that playbook to help her reclaim her health, vitality, and body? This month we offer some non-surgical mommy makeover ideas and a top tip list to help moms reclaim their vitality.
Sleep is the new Sex
Yes! Until the little one is sleeping a solid 6 hour stretch at night, take cat naps when baby does. Establishing a consistent sleep routine for baby and you will be an important step in your baby’s development and your recovery.
Eat for Two
The caloric cost of breastfeeding is 60 percent greater than the energy needed in pregnancy. Ensuring your energy and nutritional needs are met will help to ensure your supply. While nursing moms
try to include key nutrients and supplements, avoiding toxins and irritants in the diet is equally important.
Dramatic changes in many hormones can occur throughout and after pregnancy. Periods usually resume once food has been introduced to the infant diet and breastfeeding is no longer exclusive or within 3 months of delivery for moms who choose not to breastfeed. It is important to check in with your doctor to check hormones and discuss contraception options.
Fitness for Mom
It is never too early to start on your postpartum fitness program, but go slow and start with low intensity. If there is any bleeding or if you have had a surgical delivery, only low-intensity workouts should be tried in the first 4 to 6 weeks. A balanced fitness program should include a gradual aerobic conditioning element and a strength program to tone and tighten. A focus on the core and pelvic floor can help prevent bladder control problems later on.
Mental Health for Mom
If the tears are not simply tears of joy, you may be experiencing symptoms of a postpartum mood disorder. Postpartum blues are common and need to be identified and treated. More severe depressive symptoms or other changes in behavior require urgent attention. There are many options available, and early recognition and treatment are essential to ensure the nurturing maternal-infant bond.
These top five tips can help guide you on your road to postpartum vitality! Find out more about the many options and treatments we offer to support women, moms, and moms to be.