Self-care for New Moms

February 24, 2021

Self-care for New Moms

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Nia Rennix

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Once you have a baby, everyone around you will seem to focus on the cute little thing that you have given birth to, including yourself. And while the baby does deserve all the love and attention in the world, so do you! In your eagerness to be the best mommy around, do not make the mistake of neglecting your own health and happiness. Pregnancy is a very taxing time for a woman, both physically and emotionally. And it is followed by childbirth and the huge responsibility of raising another human being. Phew! I sweated a bit even while writing all that down. Don’t get overwhelmed. Motherhood is a beautiful phase provided you do not skimp out on self-care. Today I will simplify a few important steps that can make a huge difference to the quality of your life as a new mother.

  1. Eat well

During pregnancy, your body’s natural immunity is toned down by several notches to prevent your system from rejecting the fetus. Moreover, you spend 40 weeks making another human being from scratch. All this takes a toll on your health. After the birth of your baby, it is very important for you to eat nutritious meals that can help you to regain the lost strength and vigor. If you are breastfeeding your baby, then eating calcium-rich food will be of prime importance.

Being a busy new mom, you may not find the time to make an elaborate meal for yourself. Many a time, you might get the urge to skip a meal or to munch on an energy bar to ward off hunger. But resist the urge. Make simple meals like salads, sandwiches, or soups. Load your meals with fresh vegetables, leafy greens, and fruits. Avoid processed food as much as possible.

  • Exercise regularly

You are very likely to have gained a bit of weight during pregnancy and it is perfectly alright. Now that the baby is out, you can focus on getting back in shape. Exercise regularly as it will keep you fit and healthy. Set out a fixed time, preferably in the morning for you to exercise. If you cannot enroll in a gym, then try to do stretches at home. You can also run or jog in the neighborhood park in the morning. Regular exercise will help to shed the extra weight and achieve the toned look of your pre-pregnancy days.

  • Take help

There is a saying that it takes a village to raise a child. So, do not feel bad if you are finding it hard to manage everything on your own. Your energy levels are not likely to be at their peak and no one is supposed to know everything about a newborn baby. Never hesitate to ask for help.

If your husband or partner is living with you, try to share the workload with them. Remember parenting is not just a mother’s duty. You can also take help from other members of the family and even close friends who are willing to babysit or give you a hand with the household chores. Grandparents are often more than willing to spend time with their grandkids. Take this opportunity to give yourself a break from the baby work.

  • Prioritize sleep

With a new person in your life, it will become very hard to get proper sleep. Babies wake up all the time and this can lead to disruptions in your sleep. In fact, sleep deprivation is one of the commonest complaints of new mommies. So, draw up a schedule and prioritize your sleep time. Do not be tempted to stay up late to scroll the newsfeed or to catch the rerun of your favorite show if the baby is asleep early. You will regret such decisions later when the baby wakes up and demands your attention. Good sleep can help to curb emotional issues like depression, fatigue, and anxiety. You will feel healthier and happier too.

  • Put off new projects

You may feel that the house looks like a mess or that your job requires a change but this is a very bad time to take up new projects. It is ok if the house looks a little worn out. With a baby around, there will be stuff lying around here and there. Once the baby starts to move around, they will contribute their own clutter to the look. And you cannot freak out every time. Clear up as much as you can and do not mind the rest. If your current job is stable and the co-workers are nice, do not think of jumping jobs. You will work on your career, you will dress up your home, but once the baby is a little older and independent.

  • Connect with others

Do not go into seclusion after having a baby. You will have too much to do, and on some days, work will seem to not end at all. But if you stop seeing your friends and family to make time for chores, you will get into big trouble in the long run.

Set out a separate time for you to catch up with your family and friends. Go out for a movie or a cup of coffee with your gal pals about once a week. Connecting with other new moms can be a life-saving decision. As a new mother, you will feel a plethora of emotions and only others in the same phase will be able to get those feelings. Just sharing your thoughts with others can be quite therapeutic. Try to take your child out for a walk in the stroller to a place where other parents bring their children. This can be a regular thing and the effect of natural light, fresh air, and other people can do a lot to cheer you up.

  • Fix up baby-free time

Staying away from the baby can give you separation pangs in the beginning but it is much-needed for your well-being. Leave your child with someone you trust like the grandparents and go out with your partner or just alone. Even an hour of me-time will help you to relax. Spend this time doing something that you organically enjoy as a hobby.

  • Visit the salon

New moms are often very low on confidence. You think you will come out looking as good as the celebrity moms but in reality, it is a lot of flab and stretch marks that you have to deal with. Well, fret not, my friend. A little patience and perseverance and you will be able to get back your previous figure. And keep in mind, that the pictures on those magazines are digitally altered. Imperfections on a mother’s body are absolutely normal and nothing to be ashamed of.

Visit the salon for a makeover. Color your hair or give yourself a new hairstyle. Some changes will help you a lot to regain your lost confidence. After all, you are going through a new phase, you deserve to have a new look.

  • Visit your doctor

Do not miss your appointments with the doctor. Your body has been subjected to a sea of changes. Visit your gynecologist and get the tests done. Many complex diseases can take root if you neglect the annual check-ups. Early detection is often the key to proper resolution when it comes to diseases and ailments. Your baby needs their mother to be healthy and happy. So, do not feel selfish when you prioritize your health and wellness.

  1. Be easy on yourself

Last but not the least, be easy on yourself. Every mom in the world goofs up a little. Do not hate yourself for your mistakes. You love your baby and are doing the best for them. That is what matters the most. Forgive and forget the small things. Start every day fresh and reward yourself for progress.

Conclusion

When you become a mother, you are responsible for another life as well as for yourself. Do not let your life take a backseat. Self-care for new moms is a super-neglected area and mommies mostly feel guilty to spend time and energy on themselves. But this attitude can lead to long-term complications for you and obviously, that would not augur well for your children too. So, prioritize self-care and love yourself more than you did before. A happy mommy is the always the best mommy.

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The Keto diet is one of the best available options if you’re trying to lose weight safely and quickly. This diet allows you to eat delicious meats, healthy fats, and vegetables—all targeted to help you burn the extra fat on your body by putting you into ketosis! Fascinating, right? To understand how the Keto Diet works, you need to learn about macros responsible for fueling our body.

Macros refer to three essential nutrients: carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids (fats). These are considered the three essential macronutrients that we consume to get energy. Usually, a typical meal consists of 60% carbohydrate, 20% protein, and 20% fat or lipid.

The Keto Diet suggests that you reduce carbohydrates and make your diet heavier in protein and fats. When you decide to go on a Keto Diet, your meals generally consist of 65% fat, 30% protein, and 5% carbohydrate. If the body gets less than 20 grams of carbohydrate each day, it goes into ketosis, a metabolic process that burns stored fat to produce ketone bodies that supply the energy required to run your body. Thus, if you plan your meals meticulously and keep the carbohydrate consumption extremely low, you can expect to lose weight quickly.

Here is a 3-Day Keto-Compliant Meal Plan

The upside of this diet is that the meals are not bland and are reasonably easy to prepare.

Keto Diet Day 1

Breakfast: Keto Pancakes and Stir-fried Broccoli

Break two eggs in a bowl and add 1/2 tablespoon of almond flour. Next, throw in 2 ounces of cream cheese and a pinch of salt to taste. Whisk the mixture until you get a smooth combination of pouring consistency. Heat butter in a pan and fry the pancakes one by one.

Cut a small head of broccoli into florets and wash them under running water—heat olive oil in a pan and throw in some chopped garlic. Once you get a pleasant aroma, add the broccoli florets and stir fry them for a minute or two. Sprinkle a bit of sea salt, and your breakfast is ready.

Note: If you prefer your pancakes a little sweeter, you can add a pinch of cinnamon or vanilla instead of salt in the pancake mixture and pair the cooked pancakes with fresh strawberries.

Snack: Assorted Nuts

You can have a handful of mixed nuts to prevent sudden hunger pains. Almondscashews, and pistachios are all keto-compliant nuts. You can dry roast them lightly to enhance the taste.

Lunch: Stir-fried Chicken and Veggies

Add one pound of minced chicken breast to heated oil in a pan. Chop some cabbages, peppers, and tomatoes and add them after 5 minutes. Keep tossing and add ginger and garlic paste after five more minutes. Turn off the heat and shred a little bit of cheese on top of the mixture. 

Dinner: Broccoli-Mushroom Salad with Diced Chicken

Cut one small broccoli and some button mushrooms into bite-sized pieces. Dice a quarter pound of chicken breast into cubes. Heat olive oil in a wok and toss in the chicken slices first. Once they are lightly fried, neatly move them to a bowl and add a dollop of butter to the pan. Cook the broccoli and the mushrooms for 1 minute and then add the cooked chicken. Add a few cloves of chopped garlic and toss for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and sprinkle oregano generously. Your dinner is ready.

Keto Diet Day 2

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Turkey Bacon, and Grilled Brussel Sprouts

Break two large eggs, add a bit of salt and pepper. Whisk into a smooth solution. Chop half an onion and one tomato into small pieces and add them to the eggs. Heat a little butter in a pan, pour in the egg mixture and scramble with a spatula. When the eggs are half done, you can shred in some cheese for extra taste.

Grill two slices of turkey bacon.

Arrange some Brussels sprouts on a skewer and coat them with chopped garlic, crushed ginger, and olive oil. Grill each side for 5 minutes to a light golden color. Now, your delicious breakfast is ready!

Snack: Veggie Sticks Dipped in Peanut Butter

Cut carrots and celery into 3-inch sticks. Dip them in peanut butter for a quick and tasty snack.

Lunch: Collard Shrimp Wrap

Take a giant collard leaf and blanch it in salted water for 30 seconds. Coat 1 pound of shrimp with sea salt and pepper. Cut one tomato and one green bell pepper into small cubes. Heat oil and toss the tomatoes and the bell peppers first. After a minute, add the shrimp and toss everything for 1 minute. Add one spoonful of butter and some chopped garlic cloves and cook for another minute. Turn off the flame, and your filling is ready. Place it neatly within the collard, leave and roll it into a nice, savory wrap.

Dinner: Pork Chops

Sear bone-in pork chops on both sides for around 4 minutes in heated olive oil. Take butter in a bowl and mix it with rosemary and chopped garlic. Place the chops on a baking tray brushed with butter mixture and cook for 12-15 minutes at 375°F. Once done, drizzle more butter on the chops and enjoy your dinner.

Keto Diet Day 3

Breakfast: Fruit Smoothie and Smoked Sausages

If you prefer a predominantly sweet breakfast, you can go for a fruit smoothie that tastes excellent, filling, and has few carbohydrates. Add frozen strawberries, frozen raspberries, and frozen blackberries in a blender. Add almond or coconut milk to get a rich and creamy taste. Blend them. You can sprinkle some bits of almond and grated coconut on top to enhance the flavor.

Have two turkey sausages on the side for an even more satisfying breakfast.

Snack: Egg Muffins (Makes two servings)

Crack and whisk one egg. Add 3-5 chopped mushrooms to it. Crush a clove of garlic and add a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Mix well and pour into two muffin molds. You can add cheese or tomatoes as well for variety.

Lunch: Classic Egg Salad With A Twist

Take two hard-boiled eggs and crush them to form bite-sized pieces. Dice onion and avocado into small pieces. Next, wash a handful of cherry tomatoes. Mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and add a pinch of salt. You can squeeze the juice of half a lemon into it, and your egg salad will be ready to eat.

Or, you can prepare a proper dressing by mixing two tablespoons of mayonnaise, two tablespoons of Greek yogurt, and a dash of olive oil. Gradually, fold the sauce into the egg mixture and end by sprinkling a little bit of kosher salt.

Dinner: Meatballs and Side Salad

Take 1/2 pound of ground beef and add chopped garlic, ginger, shredded mozzarella, and one egg. Mix well and form into five balls. Heat oil in a skillet and fry the meatballs to a rich golden color for around 10 minutes. Move the meatballs to a plate and add one chopped onion to the skillet and fry until golden brown. Add two chopped tomatoes and keep cooking until a sauce-like consistency is obtained. Throw in garlic paste and coconut milk and the broth will turn creamy. Add the meatballs and cover. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, and your dinner is ready.

So, take a deep breath and jump onto the Keto bandwagon. Starting is the hard part. Once you get started, the journey is smooth sailing! And, the weight loss and extra energy are fantastic!

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Do you wish you had an EBook that included the tastiest Keto- friendly bread recipes?

Are you looking for additional support with your meal plans? Are you interested in learning what a 2-week meal plan on TRW would look like?