Self Care for New Moms by Ramona Fasula

Ramona Fasula

Becoming a mom is a special time in a woman’s life. With it comes so many responsibilities. Sometimes it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day.  Women are the nurturers. We take care of everyone else and always put ourselves last.  As caregivers, women must realize that being the best caregiver means taking the time to take care of ourselves.

Self-care not only means giving your body the nourishment that it needs, but also nourishing your mind and your soul.  It is so important to take the time each day, even if it’s a short period of time, to focus on the things that bring you joy. Happy Mommy=Happy Baby.  Think about all of the things that you liked to do before you had the baby and start doing them again.  Just because you had a baby doesn’t mean that you have to stop being you.

Here are some self-care tips for making a healthy, happy mommy:

  1. Eat right: first and foremost, you are what you eat. Nutrition affects every aspect of our lives, from our energy levels to our mood.  We all know that taking care of a baby requires lots of energy. Add that to sleep deprivation, and proper nutrition becomes even more vital.  Make sure you eat lots of fruits ,vegetables, and whole grains for energy.   Chia seeds are also a great source of energy, in addition to all of the other health benefits that these miracle seeds provide. Sprinkle them in soups, on salads, in smoothies, or just drink them in water. They provide a huge energy boost.

  2. Get a massage: there is nothing like a relaxing massage to revitalize you and release stress and anxiety.  In addition to decreased stress and anxiety levels, a massage also enhances sleep quality, gives you more energy, improves concentration, and reduces fatigue.  So get on the phone and book your massage today.

  3. Laugh: they say that laughter is the best medicine.  Taking the time to integrate humor into your life can have a profound effect on both your physical and mental health.  Numerous studies have shown that laughter plays a role in combating heart disease, stress reduction, and chronic illnesses like diabetes.  It also affects your mood and boosts your sense of resiliency.  Our biggest problems can become more manageable when we laugh about them.   Watch your favorite sitcom, or book  tickets to see a comedy show. Laughter really is the best medicine.

  4. Yoga: yoga is a great method for getting your body back in shape, but it also supports your mind and spirit. There are many different styles of yoga out there. Some focus on strengthening the body, while some focus on clearing the mind.  Yoga will not only reduce your stress levels, but also make you a more patient parent. Join a yoga group with other moms (ed.: or invite your Mom Meet Mom friends!), so not only do you get all of the benefits that yoga provides, but you also get to interact with other moms who are going through the same things that you are.  Having the right support system in place in not only good for your wellbeing, but for your baby’s wellbeing as well.

  5. Get Beautified: when you look good, you feel good.   Step out of those maternity clothes and buy some new ones. You will need new ones when you start losing the baby weight with each passing yoga class anyway. Get a new haircut. Try a new look.  Get a manicure or a pedicure. Find ways to pamper yourself.  Being a mom is hard work. You deserve to be rewarded for all that you do.

Taking the time to care for yourself can go a long way in helping you bring better care to others.   Nourishing your body, mind, and spirit will help to rejuvenate an over-tired and over-stressed body.  Self-care also means knowing that as a mom, you are doing the best that you can. Don’t be so hard on yourself.  Your baby doesn’t judge you, so why should you?  Take the time to show love to yourself and your baby will thank you for it.

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