Essential Health Tips for New Mums

Health tips for new mums - yes this is your quick new mum survival guide, for those first weeks of motherhood when you truly learn what tired is. We've put together 30 tips and hacks of things to eat, avoid eating, to do and to avoid doing... to help you cope as mum to a newborn in the fourth trimester and beyond #Baby #NewBorn #MomLife #MumLife #Mom #Mum #Health #Pregnancy #FourthTrimester

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Those first few days – or rather weeks – were an exhausted blur for me.

Getting out of the house was a major achievement at which I frequently failed!

And that was before all the curved balls motherhood pitches at us, whether it’s poor milk supply, colic, reflux or the baby blues …

They hit you so quick and then you’re back footed into desperate attempts – aided by Dr Google – to “fix” the problem.

Looking back, I now understand some simple lifestyle changes in late pregnancy and right after my daughter was born would have really helped. I thought I was being healthy but was missing the easy tricks.

It’s well known for example that mums’ diet can play a part in colic – if you’re breastfeeding – but fiddling around once the colic has appeared rarely helps. Increasingly panicked changes are actually stressful and guess what is bad for colic – yep, you guessed it, stressed mummy!

Avoiding colic associated foods right from the start however, really does help!

So this is the list of easy health tips for new mums – many of which you can adapt before baby’s born – that I really wish I had had at my finger tips when I first became a mum.

The tips are not a miracle cure all but if nothing else they will help you feel stronger and calmer.

Easy Health Tips for New Mums 

  1. Sleep, sleep, sleep … whenever you can!
  2. Limit visits in first few weeks so can rest as much as possible
  3. Shower & dress first thing so can get fresh air & sunlight early
  4. Handover essential housework to partners, family and friends
  5. Walk outside everyday for at least 20 minutes as early as possible
  6. Eat protein & complex carbs for breakfast e.g. egg & wholemeal toast
  7. Eat a small healthy snack every few hours
  8. Eat oily fish … helps to fight depression
  9. Eat lots of low fat dairy … need calcium but full fat can cause colic
  10. Eat lean beef … high levels of protein, iron and B12 very useful
  11. Enjoy beans & pulses in moderation – useful fibre but bad for colic
  12. Drink plenty of fluid – have a jug / bottle of water on go at all times
  13. Enjoy lots of non-acidic fruit – acidic citrus fruit a cause of colic
  14. Eat non-gaseous leafy greens but avoid broccoli, cabbage & cauliflower
  15. Eat whole grain bread & cereal – has B vitamins good for mental health
  16. Take a multi-vitamin designed for new mums
  17. Stock up freezer with as many healthy home made meals as you can
  18. Drink a herbal tea for mums … they can help both before and after birth
  19. Practice deep breathing exercises – breathe in for 4 and out for 6 – reduces stress
  20. Walk and talk – meet other mums & combine fresh air & chat
  21. Keep off caffeine – even if not breastfeeding bad for stress
  22. Cut down chocolate – glucose rushes play havoc with new-mum hormones
  23. Moderate sugar – eat in e.g. fruit puddings where glucose impact less
  24. Moderate spices – garlic, onion & hot spices may contribute to colic
  25. Get someone else to do one feed – lets baby bond with others & you rest
  26. Go to the hairdressers – sometimes little things help so much!
  27. Don’t worry about randomly bursting into tears
  28. Don’t worry about being anxious about “ridiculous” things that could harm your baby
  29. Treat yourself! Do something that is just about you …
  30. Ask for help when you need it & never feel guilty about asking …

If you want to try a herbal tea, Traditional Medicinals have one called Mother’s Milk and Yogi do Mother to Be and Nursing Support all of which are really highly rated by lots of mums.

If you found these health tips for new mums helpful do check out our other Pregnancy & Baby posts… they are crammed full of practical tips from other mums.

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Health tips for new mums - yes this is your quick new mum survival guide, for those first weeks of motherhood when you truly learn what tired is. We've put together 30 tips and hacks of things to eat, avoid eating, to do and to avoid doing... to help you cope as mum to a newborn in the fourth trimester and beyond #Baby #NewBorn #MomLife #MumLife #Mom #Mum #Health #Pregnancy #FourthTrimester

 

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