When I first started writing ideas and posts for new Mamas, I used to tie myself up in knots trying to think of new ways to help tired and overwhelmed woman. I’d spend hours reading the latest research and searching for the very best information – the journalist in me would demand nothing less.
But as I went on, and as I had my own babies and struggles and enlightened moments, I realised that it really doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, the less complicated the better!
Sometimes, all we need is a little reminder – a gentle, loving and kind reminder – of the basics. It may seem obvious to some, but for those that really need it, it will be perfect. And so helpful.
That’s why I know the Mama Fuel post today will speak to some of you loud and clear. It will come at exactly the right time, a message from the Mothering Goddesses directly to you.
Brenda Janschek is a qualified health coach, supporting busy mums to raise happy, healthy families through preventative health. She is a spokesperson for children’s health, a wellness blogger, and a busy mother of two. This woman oozes good health and wellness, and is such a great spokesperson for a healthy lifestyle.
And as you can see from her tips, she’s a Mama who remembers only too well how complicated those early months and years of motherhood can be. She’s provided us with some really simple but so important reminders of how to put ourselves and our health first.
Plus a kick-ass little recipe!
Enjoy Beautiful Mamas.
In all the excitement and commotion surrounding caring for a newborn child, it’s easy to forget about yourself. Neglecting your own health, however, is the worst thing you can do. Not only are you the primary carer of an infant (in most cases), but you also need to retain your own identity. Your sanity depends on it!
Here are some tips to keep everything on an even keel:
A nutritious diet
Keeping yourself energised is paramount for new mums. Avoid caffeine and sugar for quick-fix energy boosts and, instead, include nutrient-rich whole foods like leafy greens, good quality protein such as grass-fed meats, and good fats like coconut oil. The last thing you want is to get sick, or in any way feel ‘under the weather’ when you have so many responsibilities, including breastfeeding.
My favourite (and easiest) form of exercise is walking. When the kids were still little pram-passengers, I found getting outside with for a big power walk with them in tow would often rock them to sleep. At the same time, I was able to enjoy the benefits of fresh air, Vitamin D, physical activity and sanity.
Accept all offers of help – really
When you have a newborn, there is usually no shortage of people looking to help. So when they do, say yes! Especially when it comes to offers of cooked meals. Allow your friends and family to take some of the pressure off, whether that’s looking after your baby for ten minutes while you shower and wash your hair, or to put your feet up while they wash the dishes or clean your kitchen. And remember to ask for help too. You don’t cease to exist you know! It’s important to make time for you.
Remember that parenting books are just a guide
Boy! Did I ever fall into this trap. My firstborn did not fit the textbook mould at all. Problems with sleeping, feeding, anything and everything whatsoever, caused me so much unnecessary worry. Books can be helpful, but keep in mind they are just a guide. Babies are unique, and I came to learn the hard way that the difference between stereotype and reality can be hard work, but that it’s absolutely exhausting if you think you’re doing something wrong as a result. Nothing is more important than listening to your own instincts, and doing what’s right for you and your baby.
Be in the moment
As much as you might wish for the grind of sleepless periods, nappies and constant monitoring to be over, try as hard as you can to really live the joy of raising your child. It’s a truism that you will blink and wonder where the last ten years went, so savour every moment.
I’d like to share one of my popular recipes which is a healthy treat and will boost your energy and satisfy your taste buds at the same time.
RAW CACAO BALLS
2.5 cups dessicated coconut
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup of raw honey
¼ cup Canadian maple syrup
½ cup cacao powder (more cacao powder makes them richer)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Put all the ingredients into a food processor and whiz them together well (If you don’t have a food processor try mixing all by hand)
Roll the mixture into tablespoons size balls with your hands then roll the ball into shredded coconut and place them on a cookie tray
Put them in the freezer for approx 30 mins or until they set (doesn’t take long)
Either store in the freezer (where they become firm, but not frozen) or the fridge
Brenda Janschek is a qualified health coach, supporting busy mums to raise happy, healthy families through preventative health. She is a spokesperson for children’s health, a wellness blogger, and a busy mother of two.