New Mom Motivation: Staying Active!

Being a new mom is one of the best feelings in the world. Not only do you feel like superwoman having just given birth, you get to snuggle a little piece of immortality that you created yourself. The emotions roll into one big ball of feeling amazing and in love and exhausted all at once. That little piece of immortality? Not easy! It cries, it needs constant love and feeding and that can get tiring, especially when it impinges on your sleep!

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Being a new mother means a lot of hours merge into one long hour of no sleep, no time to eat and very little motivation to get out of the house. It’s exhausting, to be a new mom. It’s exhausting in so many ways and the motivation to get off the sofa and change into clean clothes that aren’t faintly smelling of baby vomit is hard. The thing is, it’s okay to admit that it’s hard, but it’s not okay to sit around and wait for the first year of parenthood to pass by before you do anything about it. Keeping yourself active and alert is a key part of the post-baby recovery and one of the best ways to stave off mental health problems like postpartum depression.

Being active feeds your body with happy endorphins and even when you feel like curling up and doing nothing, you have to push yourself hard to be able to get off the sofa. Getting up and moving will speed up that post-birth recovery and get you feeling human, no matter how exhausted you are. You don’t have to pound out three hours of time in the gym to feel human or recover physically; there are plenty of workout programs like these that can help you in those early days. Even simple activities, like going for a walk or a run with your stroller from can make a huge difference to your life. Strengthening and toning your muscles can really give you a confidence you may have lost during pregnancy.

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Body changes can make our self-esteem plummet, even when we bask in the glow of pregnancy. There’s nothing to make you feel glowing about the early days of parenthood and if you are feeling sluggish and tired, then exercise will help. It sounds counterproductive to think that working out can make you feel more awake and alive, but it does. Getting outside and into the sunshine can elevate your vitamin D and make you feel happier and more awake. And let’s not forget the benefit to your baby and your partner; a happier you will project everywhere and onto everyone around you. You can bask in the new baby changes when you feel more confident and alive within yourself and everyone around you will be able to tell. Postnatal mental health issues are not a joke, and if you can motivate yourself enough to get outside and into the fresh air, you won’t have to think about them too much.

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