One of the most exciting and frightening parts of becoming a mother is knowing that there is another who depends on you in every aspect. Even going through pregnancy can be an overwhelming experience for an expecting mother, knowing that everything you do can impact the tiny human growing in your belly.
It’s empowering as well as humbling to know that what you eat, what you do and how you live is not just for your own health, but a part of a greater good. Here are the 5 key steps shared by nutrition Expert Jessica Spiro to take better care of your own well-being as an expecting or new mama.
1. NOURISH YOURSELF
In order to be take care of your family, you have to take care of yourself. Moms often take a backseat to their own health with the intention of putting others first. However, it’s difficult to build a home without a strong foundation. Whether it’s a 10-minute workout, a few moments of deep breathing in a quiet room, or making a nourishing meal for yourself, taking care of your own health and well being will help pave the best path for your family.
2. MODEL BEHAVIOR
Not only are you worth it as a woman to take care of yourself, but it’s important to show your children that self-care is not selfish. How many of you catch yourself by surprise when you find yourself saying or doing something just as your parents? Our behavior becomes the fabric of who your children become so we must lead by example.
3. MAKE WELLNESS A FAMILY AFFAIR
The beauty of wellness is that it doesn’t have to be a solo journey. Taking your little ones on long walks to the park or preparing a healthy meal together can be fun ways to get the whole family involved in health.
4. MAKE WELLNESS AS EASY AS POSSIBLE
Create simple action plans that will make your lives easier. For example, plan one or two days where you can go to the grocery store and also prep fruits, veggies and healthy snacks to have on hand for the next few days. Convenience is the name of the game when you’re a busy parent and you must set ourselves up for success.
5. BE KIND TO YOURSELF
As women, we often hold ourselves to impossible standards. We strive to provide our families with the absolute best all the while trying to balance our own goals. But if there’s one thing that all learning to be kind to themselves. Letting go of things that can’t be controlled, setting realistic goals, and avoiding comparisons are a huge part of being healthy in mind, body and spirit.
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Jessica Spiro, RD, CLC is a registered dietitian nutritionist from Encinitas, CA. As a new mama of a beautiful baby girl, Jessica specializes in pre- and post-natal nutrition, as well as cancer, food allergies, diabetes management, and heart health. To work with someone who deeply cares and understands you and your health, connect with Jessica.