As a new mom, you’ve got a lot to consider, both for yourself and for your new little one. Extensive research has shown that pregnancy can have a dramatic impact on your immune system, body chemistry, and overall health. Now, more than ever, it’s essential to focus on the best ways for incorporating sustainable health and wellness into your daily life, ideally as effortlessly as possible.
Fortunately, with everything from accessible nutritional resources to natural herbal supplements to easy-to-use workout apps, maintaining your wellbeing as a new mom has never been easier.
Here are a few key tips to help get you started :
- Go Natural
You want the best for your baby, and you deserve the best for yourself as well. Take a little bit of time to assess the foods you ingest, as well as the products you use. The growing popularity of natural and organic products in recent years has led to an outstanding increase in availability. Still, if you don’t live down the street from a Whole Foods, ordering products online offers a fantastic alternative. Supplement your diet with pure herbal supplements that are all natural and non-GMO verified, and seek out natural alternatives to everyday household products.
- Take Time for Yourself
Now that you’re answering to “Mommy,” it’s more important than ever before to maintain a healthy sense of self. Enlist the help of your partner, a relative, or a trusted caregiver, and set aside some alone time. Claim this time just for yourself: for naps, for meditation, for exercise, or for a soothing bath. Remember that to provide the most nurturing care for your child, it’s essential that you also care for yourself as an individual.
- Let Yourself Off the Hook
Aiming for perfection is a noble goal. But, when you’re a new mom, it simply might not be realistic. Instead of stressing over keeping a perfectly clean house or tracking minute scheduling details, hone in on what matters most (the health of you and your family, maintaining peace of mind, time well spent, etc.), and don’t sweat the small stuff.
- Set Goals for Yourself
It might be a minute or two before you can get that bikini body back, but the key to lasting success isn’t massive overwhelming goals; it’s small, sustainable ones. Opting to take a short walk around the neighborhood rather than watch a movie, heading to the park instead of working on the computer from home, or cooking a healthy but easy meal instead of ordering in are simple adjustments that can make a big difference over time.
Above all, remember to enjoy this remarkable phase of life, and to take care of the most important thing in your baby’s life: you.
Roma “Rojoans” Joans is a lifelong health enthusiast, personal wellness consultant, and frequent columnist in a number of health and lifestyle publications. A Northern California native, she enjoys skiing, surfing, and yoga, and she isn’t opposed to a scoop of ice cream after a workout.
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