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Congratulations on becoming a new mom!

Your new role as mother and caregiver will bring you enormous amounts of joy and happiness. However, you also have a huge adjustment in front of you. You’ll face exhausting days and sleepless nights. FITTODO will guide you through your adjustment period into motherhood!

With FITTODO, you’ll find tips on how to stay healthy, have more energy and how not to take care of not only the health of your newborn, but also the health of you and the rest of your family! We can help you figure out how to balance exercise, nutritious eating, and sleep for you and the rest of your family. Remember, you can’t take care of anyone else until you’ve taken care of yourself!

Your newborn baby will one of the best things that’s ever happened to you, and you’ll focus all your attention and energy on them. However, you still need to pay some attention to yourself and your needs. Your body is in a healing process after delivery. Exhaustion will definitely be an issue, so it’s in your best interest to accept help from your husband, family and friends! Make sure you get proper rest, or you won’t have energy to keep up with your newborn. It may be a good idea to sleep when the baby sleeps, if you can. Naps are an excellent way to de-stress and catch a little bit of sleep.

Each woman’s experience after childbirth will be unique. Most frequent postpartum problems include cramps, vaginal bleeding and vaginal dryness. Cramps mean the uterus is returning to its normal size, and attempting to stop bleeding. Bleeding, however, is a sign that your body is healing itself. You may also see a discharge that is red, moving toward a paler, more pink color for about three weeks after birth. The bleeding will stop; during the fourth or fifth week after pregnancy, most women shed the scar from the placenta. This will resemble a menstrual period. During this time, wear regular menstrual pads. Tampons are not a good idea because they increase the likelihood of infection.

Periods may begin again in about six months, but every woman is different. Keep in mind that even if your period hasn’t started again, you can still get pregnant – even if you are breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is not a form of birth control! Vaginal dryness may also occur until the menstrual cycle is back on track. This is due to the low estrogen levels after delivery, which may also attribute to painful intercourse. Time is the only cure for that, although there are a variety of products on the market to aid you in more comfortable and enjoyable intercourse.

Eat a healthy well balanced diet! including plenty of fresh fruits, whole grains, lean protein, vegetables and lots of water. Drink at least eight to 10 glasses per day to make up for the fluids lost after delivery. Make sure you get enough fiber to ensure proper digestive health. You’ll also want to ensure you’re getting enough B-12; the fetus uses up some of the store you have in your body, depleting it a bit. Lean beef is an excellent source of B-12. It’s also rich in iron and can help boost your energy levels.

Light exercises are recommended to help you lose the baby weight, as well as keep your energy levels up and help you sleep better. However, you should always consult with a physician first to ensure you’re embarking on an exercise program appropriate for your individual circumstances!

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