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A Mum’s Look on Health & Support
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A Mum’s Look on Health & Support
November 8, 2018
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A Mum’s Look on Health & Support
November 8, 2018
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My parenting story is to really acknowledge what is to come after you give birth, as there is not enough awareness of post-natal recovery when you have your pre-natal care with midwives. I wish I knew then what I know now about resting and taking time to heal and recover my body, as they say it takes 9 months to make a baby and about that to feel half normal again.

Along the way, I have learnt to try look after my nutrition and health through regular checks and exercising, by going back to Pilates to strengthen my core.

I had sciatica within the third trimester and it took me about 8 months to get over the pelvic girdle pain after a natural birth. I have a new found appreciation for my body and this makes me a more adaptable parent to new challenges. Going forward you can feel like you can lose your identity as a new mum, so the little things like stepping back and taking the time to appreciate life and all that’s around you, including going out with the new little one.

“Appreciate that as new parents, you need a break at times to feel functional again.”

My advice to new mums would be to get lots of photos and videos. Items can be sentimental but memories captured on camera have great meanings to reflect on. Appreciate that as new parents, you need a break at times to feel functional again. Daily walks with your child can be beneficial for the mind and your body whilst showing your child new experiences in nature and surroundings.

Play is a crucial part of a child’s development, so as parents it’s important to interact with your child by teaching them about the world around them. It also helps strengthen the bond between parent and child. Nutrition in the first year of your baby’s life is so integral to their health and development, as it helps them to grow. Babies benefit from routine and structure, which is so important for their wellbeing. Also, by giving them this, it helps them to become well rounded individuals and feel secure.

“I think new mums need as much support and knowledge as possible.”

If you have other children to look after, like I did with my two step kids make sure you take advantage of the help on offer, lucky for me, my partners mum helped us out in the early stages so I could catch up on sleep. I am also blessed to have the support of my partner, being self-employed means he works often but we both try to fit in as much as we can with the childcare. I think new mums need as much support and knowledge as possible. In the first two years of our children’s lives this is an important stage where the child and parent can learn so much about each other.

Parenting some days can feel a breeze, others a minefield and we are all learning along the way. To avoid burn out, as parents practising mindfulness and eating well will help you.

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