Embracing Recovery After Pregnancy
By Cassie Zeider
The Lord knows that we are selfish. Having a child sort of makes you realize how selfish you really are from the very start – pregnancy. I haven’t known a mom who has been pregnant that didn’t complain at least once. I couldn’t count the number of times I complained or was miserable or didn’t want to do it anymore.
What it did was make me reflect on the choices I make on a daily basis. Putting someone else’s needs before my own isn’t a strength of mine. Does that make me a bad mom? Absolutely not. My child is loved, fed, cared for as much or more than she needs. It becomes easier as you can’t love anything more than your own flesh and blood.
That doesn’t mean that when you are finally rid of being pregnant that you don’t want to feel better again and quickly. In our fast paced environment, it’s hard to remember that it took 9 months to get that way. It’s going to take some time to get back.
I’m still working on myself. Finding the balance to get your body back from pregnancy is rough. I made the decision that I wasn’t going to rush it and I was going to give my body time to heal and soak in all of the precious infant moments I could. I don’t regret that one bit. I actually would recommend other mom’s to do it as well.
What that doesn’t mean is that I sat around and ate junk all of the time. I knew that eating right was as important to my own well being as it was to my child’s. She was getting her nutrients from me, so it was an added reason to be conscious of what I ate. It also helped my body bounce back quicker, to heal faster and to shed some of the weight naturally.
I also would recommend starting to walk outside in the sunlight as soon as you feel comfortable. It gets you moving and – even more importantly – gets Vitamin D in your system. With postpartum depression on the rise, it’s important to take the necessary steps to avoid it at all costs.
As you get into a walking routine, when it feels right for you, add in some strength training, use your baby for added weights if you don’t want to leave him/her. He/she may even smile or giggle as you lift them up and down.
Some other tips for bouncing back quicker:
- Don’t go at it alone – you don’t have to!
- Start slow and honor your progress.
- Relieve yourself from the guilt of taking care of yourself.
- Ask for help from those that love you.
- Join a gym with childcare and move your beautiful body.
- Learn the basics of nutrition and clean eating and start with where you’re at.
- Do something you enjoy and do it often.
Cassie Zeider is a Certified Health Coach, Mother, Daughter and Friend. She is passionate about food and how it relates to the body. Weight loss, digestion and hormones are her favorite topics, but she loves stress release as well. She focuses on a whole body approach to health.
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