Becoming a mom for the first time is magical but also extremely stressful, no matter how supportive people around you are. You feel like you are going to fail and be a terrible parent, you fear the worst every time your baby cries or pouts, and you lack sleep.
Sometimes, proper personal hygiene becomes a luxury as you are no longer going to enjoy a peaceful shower, not even when your bundle of joy naps.
However, you should know that you are doing an awesome job and, although there are thousands of things you don’t know yet, you will have the rest of your life to perfect your parenting skills. That being said, you shouldn’t let motherhood become the center of your universe and neglect all other aspects that make you a woman, including your career and the rest of your family.
And, even though you feel like time is tight, you should always squeeze in some “me time” for your sanity. Here are some easy ways to stay healthy and sane, especially during the first year of motherhood.
Stock your freezer before the baby arrives
Although shopping when you’re close to 36 weeks pregnant is not a fun activity, you can ask your significant other or a member of your family to help you with the groceries. It is highly important to stock your freezer with all types of foods and ingredients that can last you for months as it will save plenty of time during the first months with your newborn.
As you probably know, babies demand your full and undivided attention 24/7 so cooking while feeding them, bathing them or putting them to sleep is almost impossible. Make sure your freezer is filled with marinated meat (lean meat like chicken thighs, breast or wings) that can be cooked in less than 15 minutes, frozen fruits, veggies, salads, and soups.
This way, you will be able to cook a decent meal from scratch and feed your tummy while your precious baby takes a nap.
Don’t skip breakfast
You may not feel like eating after you stayed up all night trying to make your baby fall asleep or looking after him or her while sick. However, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it gives you the energy to cope with all the other problems you are going to face.
Ask your partner to make breakfast at least a couple of times a week or watch the baby while you take a few moments for yourself, even if it’s just to make fresh coffee or heat some pizza leftovers.
If you want to regain your figure faster, breastfeeding is the easiest way. However, in order to have enough milk for your baby, you will need to eat properly, including for breakfast.
Stock on fresh fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens so you can prepare a delicious smoothie in under 3 minutes. Throw in some spinach leaves, berries, a banana, and your favorite type of milk and you’ll have yourself a nutritious and healthy liquid meal.
“Me time” is sacred
Most new mothers will feel exhausted and overwhelmed with their new role in life, and this is why it is extremely important to have some moments for yourself. Whether it’s just half an hour to indulge in a hot bath with a deliciously smelling shower gel, take an afternoon nap or have your manicure, these little moments are mandatory to keep your sanity and avoid postpartum depression.
Do you remember that you used to have hobbies and dreams before your baby? Search deep inside your mind and soul and find the things that made you happy before getting pregnant. If music was your passion, try finding some alternatives so that you won’t ditch all other aspects of your personality only to embrace your new role as a mother.
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