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 event. I’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?