You have just had a baby! Congratulations! You are probably spending most of your time figuring out how to keep your tiny human alive. And what about you? Are you finding little windows of time to take care yourself?
It feels hard, especially when it seems as though you spend your days feeding and changing nappies in an endless cycle. It gets easier as you get the hang of it.
Here are a few things you can do to take care of yourself while you are taking care of your baby.
- Keep hydrated. Get a nice water flask to have by your side during long feeds and aim for at least 1.5L per day.
- Get outside for at least 10 minutes a day. Put your baby in a sling and go for a walk around the block. The fresh air and the vitamin D can have great mood boosting effects.
- Get connected. It’s easy to stay indoors with your baby, especially on rainy, cold days. Making friends in your local area with children the same age as yours is a great way to swap tips, commiserate and have some adult conversation. Try local mum and baby meet ups through the NCT or apps like Mush and Peanut.
- Start meal planning. I know, it seems totally unrealistic right now, but it will help, trust me. When your partner is home, let them look after the baby and spend 30 minutes planning out your meals for the week, focusing on lunch and dinner. I recommend using a grocery delivery service like Ocado or your favourite supermarket to get all the ingredients you need delivered straight to you.
- Then when your partner is home on Saturday, let them look after the baby and spend an hour or two prepping a few easy meals for the week. Alongside your main meals, think about prepping food that’s easy to grab during the week. Chopped carrots and cucumbers keep well when stored in a few inches of water, wash leaves and store them in a damp paper towel for easy salads and make sure you have lots of fresh, easy to eat fruit like apples, bananas and pears to hand.
- Find moments for five minutes of self-care. Deep breathing, a short yoga flow, a short session with the Calm or Headspace app, even a hot shower: these little moments will help you find a little space for yourself and remind you that you are a woman and a mother.
What are you doing to take care of yourself?
Le’Nise Brothers is a women’s health and wellbeing expert practicing in London, England. A registered nutritional therapist, she specialises in working with women who’ve lost their mojo, want to increase their energy and get to grips with hormonal issues like PMS, PCOS, heavy & painful periods and post-natal depletion. Get in touch with her on email@example.com for a free 20 minute health & wellbeing coaching call to find out how you can get started on reaching your health goals.