Natural Ways To Boost Your Energy As A New Mum
In the weeks following the arrival of your first born, you worry about a lot of things you’d never have worried about before. Does everyone find it so hard to get socks on a small human? Is it normal for a baby to poop five times in one morning? How long since I last brushed my teeth?
Yes, in the chaos of the early days, it’s almost impossible to think of anything beyond your new child. Your partner, your family and your personal hygiene all become distant memories while the baby’s eating, sleeping and pooping habits are now firm fixtures on your daily schedule. It’s exhausting – rewarding, but also exhausting.
So it’s 5:30am, you’ve had no sleep and the baby is blubbering for their morning feed. You just can’t muster the energy to get out of bed, so what do you do? It sounds like you need a natural energy boost. Here are our favourites.
Staying hydrated is essential to feeling energised. Unfortunately, breastfeeding mums not only need to consume the recommend daily water intake for adults (8 glasses per day, thank you very much) but additional liquid to compensate for what their body is using for milk production.
Make sure you leave plenty of water bottles handy around the home, especially in spots where you will be feeding the baby, and remember to drink throughout the day. Opt for snacks such as soups, fruit juices and milk for extra hydration.
Start as you mean to go on
It’s probably the last thing on your mind after being kept up all night by your new arrival, but a nutrient rich breakfast can make all the difference. Resist the urge to skip breakfast and treat yourself to a healthy start to the day, so you can feel energised until lunch.
Opt for poached eggs on wholegrain toast, for a protein and fibre filled meal that will keep you feeling fuelled for longer. The complex carbohydrates in the toast might just give you the boost of energy your body needs to make it past 10am without a nap.
Listen to your body
Feeling conflicted? On the one hand, you always seem to be hungry lately. On the other, you want to shift some of that baby weight. We’re here to tell you – relax! Your body has been through a lot and it’s still breathing life into the tiny human you brought into the world. There’s no rush to lose the extra pounds, so listen to your body and eat when you’re hungry.
And when you are hungry, reach for foods which are going to keep you powered, such a lean proteins (chicken, turkey) or sources of iron (beans, chickpeas, lentils).
Catch some rays
It’s believed that around 60% of the UK population are vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D is essential for the production of energy in the body. Vitamin D is a hormone produced naturally by your skin using energy from sunlight, but in the darker months this can be hard to come by.
Try vitamin D supplements, or vitamin D rich foods such as egg yolks, fortified cereals and fish. Where possible, get outside and enjoy some sunlight. Even sitting by a window during feeds, or while the baby is napping, can be helpful.
Food can only do so much
Just a few nights of broken sleep can cause you to feel sleep deprived, and no amount of energy boosting foods will shift that groggy feeling. Sleeping through the night may seem like a distant memory, but just 15ml of Benenox before bed can help you ensure the little sleep you do get is high quality. Discover how to make the most of your night with Benenox.
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