Fitness Chef Blog – Considerations for New Moms
Becoming a new mother is such an exciting time in your life and can be one of the most rewarding jobs in the world! However, at the same time, it can also be the most stressful. As a new mom, your world most likely revolves around your newborn and you’ve quickly learned that they run on a different schedule than you. A typical newborn wakes up every few hours and needs to be fed, changed, and comforted frequently.
While all of these changes are happening, it can be easy to become overwhelmed and slip into habits of eating whatever and whenever. It’s important that you make time for yourself as a new mom so you can rebuild your strength and stay healthy for your baby.
Get plenty of rest. While you may not get a solid eight hours of sleep, it’s important to sleep when you can so exhaustion doesn’t overwhelm you. When you put your baby down for a nap, feel free to rest your eyes as well.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it’s a family member or trusted friend, they probably want to help you! Having someone watch your baby while you exercise or rest up will help you not feel burnt out in the long run.
Exercise. Don’t put off that workout. Your body will feel better after moving. To keep yourself consistent, try working out at the same time each day. You’ll probably have the most time in the mornings or evenings.
Eat properly. Fuel your body properly to help you recover from the changes of pregnancy and childbirth. The Mayo Clinic suggests that breastfeeding mothers should take in an extra 400-500 calories daily. Try to avoid processed and fast foods and focus on a diet rich in fresh foods instead.
If time is an issue, plan out healthy snacks. Need something to grab-and-go? Cut out high-fat processed snacks and instead cut up vegetables and fruit and store them in baggies for later. Pretzels and pita chips are also great options.
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