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Finding acceptance, forgiveness and achieving your health goals during the postpartum phase.
I teamed up with journalist and babysteps.xyz blog owner Ali Wolf Boghaert to ask her a few questions about nutrition and health tips for new moms. She’s got some great advice…so check her out how she handles some of the following common health and wellness issues for new moms.
The struggles of pregnancy and motherhood
I have always been very into health, nutrition and fitness. I love working out, eating healthy, and feeling my best. In my 20s and 30s I felt in control of my body and learned to love it. All of that went out the window the moment I got pregnant! While I was excited and grateful to have a healthy pregnancy, I struggled with the symptoms and body changes. I found it difficult to release control over my changing and growing body. As I celebrated the beautiful experience of growing a lifetime, I also worried that I would never get my pre-baby body back.
Staying healthy as a new mom
Staying healthy as a mom isn’t easy, but it is possible! I gained over 40 pounds and was able to lose it all. The first weeks with a newborn were difficult. I dedicated that time to learning how to care for my daughter. My health was secondary.
Once I got a grip on life with a baby, I learned how to stay healthy by planning, cooking, and being more intuitive about my health. I created printable shopping lists and meal planners (linked), which I still use on a weekly basis. I find that if I plan my shopping and eating, I stick to it and avoid eating out frequently. Finally, I’ve learned that the key to staying healthy as a new mom is to be easy on yourself. If I need to rest instead of exercising, I do.
How to make time for self-care
It’s easy to forget about self-care while caring for a baby. I think it starts with your way of thinking. Just think about what makes you happy, what makes you feel YOU and do more of that. The challenge is finding time. Take time for yourself every day, even if it’s a ten-minute shower. Start there. enjoy it. If you can, wake up an hour before your family or stay up later. Use that time for personal care.
I’m an early riser. As a new mom, I started going to bed at 9pm so I could wake up at 5am to work on my Etsy shop, do yoga, and enjoy a cup of coffee in peace. I know that schedule isn’t for everyone, but it’s been amazing for my mental health and clarity!
Stay positive and encouraged through your health journey
My biggest piece of advice is to be easy on yourself. Celebrate your body and be grateful for what an amazing accomplishment you have accomplished! Enjoy the hugs of the newborn baby and give yourself time to recover. At first, you may not see dramatic weight loss, but have faith in the process. Start eating healthy exercise when you are ready and very soon you will start to see results. Consistency is key.
Connecting with other moms is an amazing way to stay positive. No one understands the postpartum recovery process better than someone who is also going through it. Get out there! Consider joining a moms’ group, a new-mom exercise class, or a mommy-and-me class. There are incredible benefits to taking 45-minute strollers with other moms.
In my first few weeks as a mom, I met a great friend through the Peanut app. We went on a nature walk and even though our babies were crying and fussing, it was amazing to get out and connect.
My final advice is to ask for help. It really takes a village. It can be challenging to meet your basic needs as a new mom. You can’t expect to do it all without leaning on your partner, family or friends. If you don’t have anyone around to help you, consider hiring a babysitter for a few hours.
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Ali Wolf is a former television news anchor and reporter living in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a wife, mother child and early riser. After having her daughter, Ali began helping other new moms by creating a website and Etsy shop that provides checklists and guides to pregnancy and mom life. She will be launching her second podcast this summer!
Tools to help new moms manage their health and wellness
My website is full of guides and checklists:
My Etsy with printables:
My IG for tips:
Peanut app for friend moms!