The early days after arrival of baby mark many new beginnings, and very often health concerns and risks. In addition to the frequent visits to track baby’s growth, milestones and early development, it is a good idea to check on Mom’s health and wellbeing too! Here are five tips to help Mom feel her best!
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 both your baby and you will be an important step to your baby’s development and your recovery.
Eat for Two
The caloric cost of breast feeding is 60% greater than the energy needed in pregnancy. Ensuring your energy and nutritional needs are met will help to ensure your supply. We recommend most moms supplement a good diet with calcium and vitamin D3, and limit caffeine, alcohol, and refined sugars.
Dramatic changes in many hormones can occur through out and after pregnancy. Periods usually resume once food has been introduced to the infant diet and breast feeding is no longer exclusive or within 3 months of delivery for moms who choose not to breast feed. It is important to check in with your doctor to check hormones and discuss contraception options.
Fitness for Mom
It is never to 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 work outs 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 will 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 but if they are persistent or progressive it is important that timely medical care be provided. There are many options available and early recognition and treatment is essential to ensure the nurturing maternal-infant bond.
While these five tips address some of the most common health issues facing new moms- there are countless possibilities and each mom’s journey is unique. Wherever you are in your mommy journey- there are many options to help you reclaim your health and vitality.