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.When you are a new mum you often forget to look after yourself. Nobody can run on empty for long and when you finally come to the point where you realise your body, and perhaps your mind, are beginning to fail you, it’s time to repair. Why not focus, from the very beginning, on ways to safeguard your health?
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4 Ways to Safeguard Your Health as a New Mum
In all the excitement of childbirth and the days and weeks to follow, most new mums focus all their attention on the baby and often forget that they have needs too. So here are 4 ways to ensure your own needs are looked after too.
1. Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet
Eating a healthy diet is important to all new mothers whether they are nursing a baby or not. Bear in mind that your body just went through myriad changes in less than a year. And that you will need to be recharged. Everything needs to get put back in proper order. And nourishment is going to be the first step in the process.
2. Get an Adequate Amount of Sleep
Sometimes this is easier said than done, but there is no denying the fact that your body repairs itself and heals better during hours of rest. Even when the baby is only sleeping a few hours at a time between feeds, there are ways to get a little extra rest as needed. If you find that you are sleeping at least 6 hours a day and are still quite fatigued, it might be time for a medical assessment.
Echelon Health has consultants throughout the UK who are faster to book than NHS GPs in most cases and they have state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment. The underlying reason you may not be bouncing back to good health may have nothing at all directly related to childbirth. The individual assessments at Echelon Health can help you get to the root of the problem. And you can even schedule an annual assessment to follow your symptoms. Fatigue is one of the first symptoms of some other, more serious, chronic health concern.
3. Take Time Out for Yourself – Me Time
While you may think you are getting enough time to yourself to unwind and recharge for the next few hours while the baby naps, that is often spent on anything other than you! Take time away to do something you like, and that sure isn’t folding nappies! Get dad to mind the baby so you can go to the shops with the girls. Or perhaps take in a film with dad while grandma watches the baby. You need time away from being a busy new mum to do something enjoyable for you.
4. Exercise at Least 3 Times Weekly
Exercise does so much more than help your body get back in shape after pregnancy and childbirth. It is recommended that you get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise weekly that can be broken down into three 50-minute sessions or 5 X 30-minute sessions, depending on what works best for you.
It is wise to remember that it is up to you to safeguard your health. So that you will be able to care for that amazing little human you have been blessed with. Although baby has at least one adult seeing to their health and safety, you need to depend on yourself. This is true for the time just after childbirth as well as all the years you will be parenting. An annual assessment can help you take charge of your health going forward. To ensure you are doing everything you can to be the healthy mum your baby needs.