What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Motherhood and Health

I’m taking a little blog break for a couple of weeks and featuring some fabulous guest writers. Today’s guest post is by Tiffany Noth, founder of Bloggy Moms. I met Tiffany last year during the Honda Power of Women Variety Magazine eventI’ll be back soon with pictures from a fantastic vacation in Cabo with my hubby. Please make my guests feel at home. Thanks ya’ll!

My mother had an amazing way of making motherhood look… easy.

Easy in the, “this isn’t wearing down my body physically” sense.

I wish someone had stressed the importance of taking care of my health during motherhood.  This was stressed during pregnancy, but beyond… no one seemed to mention that part.

In the weeks preceding my discovery that I was pregnant, my body began to suffer.  I simply couldn’t function.  I had no energy and felt as if my body was giving up.

Pregnancy was hard on my body.  I’m not sure I have ever quite recovered.

Life after pregnancy has also been rough.  Motherhood requires a lot of care not only for your little ones… but also for yourself.

Not only do you need to take evenings and time away, to relax and enjoy yourself.  As mothers, we also need to take time for the health of our mommy bodies.  We’ve carried and nurtured life within us.  We’re nurturing lives that depend on us.  A lot of times, our health is set aside.

My list of things moms and moms to be should do:

1)  Talk with your doctor about your health needs during and after pregnancy.  There are general things we all need to do for our health… however, each of us has specific nutritional needs.  Talk with your doctor about blood tests to determine nutritional and vitamin supplements your body may require.

2)  Schedule a yearly physical.  Your nutritional needs may change from year to year.

3)  Take time each week for exercise.  Whether you can squeeze in time to get to a gym or exercise at home… it will be extremely beneficial to get in at least three separate times of exercise throughout the week.

4)  Maintain healthy eating habits.  As hard as this one is for me, I’m doing much better.   I love sweets and carbohydrates… unfortunately my body doesn’t like either of them.  It’s okay to indulge once in a while, but my body loves me much more and give back a lot more when I give it the right nutrients.  Just as we need to fuel our vehicles properly or they will not run, we need to fuel our bodies with the right things.

We’ll probably never be able to keep up with our children and their energy levels… but we can keep from falling too far behind if we take care of ourselves.  It’s not always easy, but our children and our bodies will appreciate us for it.

What do you wish someone had told you about motherhood and health?


  1. L. B. WINDLEY says:

    Cry me a river!!! I am sure that you were given good and frequent advice by your mother and others that the hardest job in the world is parenting. That includes pregnancy, birth, and the life-long job of rising. Now don’t forget that it is life’s the rewarding job too.

    Only if we could let young people experience a true slice of reality, parenting, and true costs of children then we may need far less worry about contraception.

  2. Tiffany @ BloggyMoms says:

    L. B. Windley

    That’s assuming a lot, to think that every female is given every needed bit of advice in being a parent and mother. Well, you know what they say about assuming…. 😉

    If that were true, wouldn’t the world be a fantastic place… full of adults who really did know everything…

    Did you bother reading the post? It has nothing to do with contraception… It’s about the toll that pregnancy and motherhood take on a body.

    You sound like a very angry and hate filled person….

  3. Jamie says:

    Tiffany you give great advice and I think as mothers/parents we tend to put our children first but it is VERY important to take care of ourselves. I was anemic after I had my first daughter and it was incredibly tough taking care of a newborn those first few weeks (and it is already!)

    Thank you for the guest post…sage advice for all new moms and moms to be!

  4. Kaye says:

    Great advice! We all need to take better care of ourselves. We moms gets so busy caring for our families we tend to put our own health on the back burner. Thanks for the great reminder.

    I really enjoyed this and the other guest posts.

  5. Ayesha says:

    I think a lot of these great tips can absolutely help many moms. I believe eating a lot and exercising are two of the best things that not only moms should do but also every person in this planet to be able to live life healthily. 🙂

  6. Elisabeth says:

    I appreciate this so much Tiffany! I’m actually not a Mom…. yet. Someday I hope to be, and I want to make sure I’m prepared. 🙂

  7. katklaw777 says:

    We always seem to take care of ourselves last…scheduling that yearly physical is such a good idea cause it makes us think seriously about our own health at least once a year!

  8. Maybe Lady Liz says:

    It seems so unfair that some women are nauseous and miserable throughout their entire pregnancy while others say they’ve never felt better in their lives. My mother was one of the latter, but the thought of being pregnant scares me to death in case I fall into the former category. Just another topic for the never-ending “should I or should I not have a baby” debate on my own blog! Thanks for posting!

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