Tips that everyone tells new moms:
- sleep with they sleep
- don’t worry about the laundry
- rest, rest, rest
- wear comfy clothes and don’t worry about what you look like
Being a new mom is hard work! I know there is a myth that as a mom of a newborn your days are filled with hours of lounging on the couch with crap television and nursing or watching a beautiful baby sleep.
To all of those who think that – bite me! It is tough both mentally and physically to be responsible for this new life and to discover this new ‘you’. It is important to take care of you too. The better you are in tune with your own needs, the better mom you will be!
The list that no one tells you is important! Let me break this down for you…
My Tips for New Moms
1. Eat when they eat – when you are preparing to sit and nurse or pump, make a snack for yourself that is a combination of protein and complex carbs. If you don’t plan for your own meals, you will find yourself walking the ‘kitchen buffet’. Most moms end up stuffing themselves with a quick nutrient-empty kitchen graze in between feedings and all of the other things you are doing. You need several nutrient-rich meals/snacks throughout the day!
2. Get Moving – does this really need an explanation?!?!
3. Be supportive of the “girls” and your feet – buy a good supportive sports bra that fits the ‘new you’ & be sure your workout shoes are supportive of your feet. Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common and crippling injuries to new moms. I am not sponsored or paid for this (although I should be for how many clients I’ve referred), but I think the best sports bra for prego or nursing moms is the ‘7 Wonders Sports Bra’ by Title Nine Sports. It has molded cups for modesty, front adjust straps for when the ‘girls’ change sizes, bonded seams, back close for easy off and on.
4. Find some time for you and feel good about it – put the bouncy seat in the bathroom and let the baby watch you shower and get dressed like you were actually going to leave the house. If you are brave enough – leave the house!
5. You can’t catch up on sleep! No matter what you do, you cant accrue hours of sleep back in your ‘sleep bank’. When you sleep, you just need to be sure to focus on Quality and not Quantity. Soon enough your baby will give you more hours!
Take it one day at a time…
If you have other ideas or suggestions for new moms send me a comment or tweet me @strongandfitmom.