Healthy Moms Blog
Fatigue is a common concern I see in my practice, especially in new moms and caregivers. When you’re raising a young family, you’re often leading a very busy lifestyle, with less than ideal sleep quality and quantity, so a certain amount of fatigue is expected! The best thing you can do for yourself is acknowledge the amount of work you’re doing for your family and allow yourself time for self care. This can be challenging for new moms but taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do for the health and happiness of your family. Read on for 7 tips to take care of yourself and improve your energy levels:
Ooops…I leaked a little urine...
Do you wear a panty liner when you go to a fitness class or if you are heading out for a run? Do you cross your legs when you have to sneeze? Leaking urine when you sneeze, jump, twist or have to go is not normal! It is our body telling us that something isn’t working properly. Too often women are told by the doctors that this is ‘normal’ after child birth or later in life. And, if you follow any Facebook mom group, you will see this brought up all the time as this thing that just happens with a little giggle or “oops”.
Being a relatively new mom, with a daughter who is 15 months old, self care is something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. I went back to work around three months ago, and have found the transition to be challenging, after being on maternity leave for just over 13 months. For some moms it is an easy transition, but for others it can be difficult. People tend to call it a transition, but my experience felt more like a switch – one day you spend every waking moment with your baby and the next, you’re working eight hours a day, plus the commute.
Here is a photograph from my time as a new mom. It tells the only narrative I had dreamed of sharing with my son about my early days of motherhood. He came, my world was complete and it was the happiest time of my life. In truth, I was suffering from postpartum depression (PPD).