‘Self-Care For New Mothers Part 2’ by Alison Mitchell published in Great Health Guide (June 2016). In Alison’s previous article, she shared some key ways to care for yourself after having a baby. In her follow-up article, she shares even more great tips for new mothers.
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GREAT HEALTH: Self-care For New Mothers Part 2
written by Alison Mitchell
Being a new mother can be a wonderful experience, but if you are feeling poorly then it can be difficult to enjoy this time to the fullest. Taking care of your mind and body will allow you to cope with the stresses, such as sleep deprivation, placed on you during this time and it will also have a flow on effect to improve the health of your baby.
Part 1 of Self-Care for New Mothers was covered in the April issue of Great Health GuideTM . I shared some key ways to care for yourself after having a baby including taking time for yourself, practicing mental stillness and ensuring that you were obtaining adequate nutrition.
Below are some more ways to care for yourself after having a baby.
1. Meal prep:
It’s not uncommon for new mums to sacrifice their good eating habits due to lack of time to cook, often resorting to take away food or to meals that are quickly thrown together and don’t contain the variety of nutrients that a new mother needs. If possible start making and freezing some healthy meals while you are pregnant, but if you haven’t been able to do this you can start meal prepping now.
In addition to freezing meals in advance, you can also try the following ways of building up your meal reserves.
Make extra servings for dinner and set them aside for lunch the next day.
Take an hour or two a week to make a big meal that you can separate into portions and freeze.
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Prepare your breakfast the night before so that it is ready to go in the morning.
Organise groceries to be delivered either by ordering from companies which ship variety boxes or order online from the supermarket. Ideally start this before you’ve given birth so that you don’t have to stress about it now.
Ask some friends or family members to bring you some meals.