Life becomes very hectic once you become a mom and if you ask any new or experienced (I hate the word old!) mom they will tell you all about how much of a challenge it is to keep on top of your own needs. Of course, the kids and the family will be taken care of as that’s your priority but it’s often yourself that is the one who ends up losing out.
Having a Social Life
You will not have the same social life you had when childless, but the good news is that often you will end up with a better one. You will meet new people through your kids and make new and exciting friendships through playgroups and kids’ schools and activities. It’s not to say that you’ll never have a big night out on the town just that it’s not a good idea to try this every week!
You won’t have as much time to go to the gym or fitness classes as you used to but there are many great ways to stay in shape even once you are a mommy. There are a huge amount of classes for mom and baby, from swimming to yoga and Pilates and so much more. There are walks and runs with push-chairs that mothers groups organize.
Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
Sleep, as we all know, is the most coveted thing a new parent seeks, it’s the holy grail of everything. So it’s important to get it while you can. Many moms swear the way to go is to get a nap when the baby has a nap, this is often very difficult to do but even a lie-down and a rest can do you good. It’s important to have the most comfortable bed you can as well, check out this memory foam mattress in a box that can give you all the benefits of a new bed at a decent price.
This is the biggest question often? Do you go back to work or not? If you do, in what way? Full-time, part-time, working from home? There are so many options these days that it’s good to consider everything. One thing that’s changed in recent years is that it’s more acceptable for a man to take a bigger share of child-care responsibilities, and why not? Have a thorough discussion with your partner about how you are going to split responsibilities and if it makes more sense for you to work than him then be sure to not discard this as an option.
Eating well is key to health and keeping your weight in check. It’s not uncommon for new moms to have a great nutrition plan formulated on what baby is going to eat as it grows and becomes a toddler and a child but neglects her diet. Have a meal planner for the week and try and incorporate meals you and the child can both enjoy and are healthy too.