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How to Get Back in Shape After Having a Baby

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With a newborn in the house, sometimes it can feel like a hurculean
effort to even get dressed before noon, much less, shower, go grocery
shopping, cook dinner and fix your hair. If you're a working Mom - the
stress increases along with the workload. Goodbye sleep, hello anxiety!Many
new Moms worry about figuring out how to look and feel their best as
they adjust to the 'new normal' that parenthood brings. I remember
being shocked to realize, about 6 months after my son was born, that I
wouldn't be getting a "break" or "vacation" any time soon. There was no
fairy godmother coming to help me return to those luxurious mornings of
sleeping in, hours on the computer reading emails and chatting with
friends, or the ability to sit down and read a whole book on my own.So,
I decided to make a few adjustments in my life I'd like to - I hope
you'll find them helpful as well as you cope with life with a new baby,
and wanting to feel GREAT in your body again...To motivate you I
was about 150 lbs before I got pregnant (I am 5' 10"). I gained about
40 lbs with the pregnancy. I eventually went down to 128 lbs using the
tips mentioned below.How To Regain Your Sanity and Health
After Having A Baby1) Eating Well - I
realized that my son was benefitting (or not) from everything I ate
since I was breastfeeding (similar to when I was pregnant). I decided
to really make an effort to eat for nutrition rather than weight loss. I
didn't work on excluding any foods from my diet. I just worked on
INCLUDING good foods - especially fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats
(fax seed meal, walnuts, etc.) rather than excluding anything.2)
Exercise - I started getting outdoors every day. I didn't put
any pressure on myself to "workout." My goal was to spend 30 minutes a
day walking every day. Accomplishing something like this gives you
that "I got something done" feeling that I often lacked staying at home
with the baby. To start off with, I carried my son in a sling, but when
he got old enough to sit up, I switched over to a BOB jogging
stroller. The BOB stroller is a top of the line jogging stroller, it
works great if you're running, but I usually walked. It has a 3-wheel
design so it can lock in place if you're jogging, and unlock and pivot
very easily. This is a great indoor-outdoor stroller that I use all the
time for shopping, and hiking, not just for jogging/walking.3)
Sleep - The untold secret is that once your baby starts
sleeping through the night at 2-3 months, you're not good-to-go. My son
continued to have months where he would get up in the night almost
every night well after he was 12-months old. (We used attachment
parenting - not the cry it out method - but he did sleep in a different
room from us. I found that having him sleep in the same room was VERY
distracting to me when he would make noises and be fussy. Even if he
was asleep, I would wake up with my heart racing when I heard these
noises. I strongly recommend finding a good night time sleep solution
When you are well-rested, you are happier, and that makes you a better
wife and mother.4) Disposable Diapers - This may
sound crazy, but I had the "fun" of using cloth diapers when I was at a
retreat center and I was amazed at how they would get wet and stay wet
every time my son peed! We'd been using disposables at home and they
worked so much better for us because when your baby pees, the moisture
is absorbed and he can sleep through the night again without noticing
it. This is good for everyone!5) Appreciation -
It can be easy to get cranky as you bemoan loneliness, boredom, and
lack of conversation as you hang out with your little one. We've all
been there and it's okay to admit it. That being said... use some
effort to focus on the positive. You have a happy, healthy baby who
will relish his time with his mother and even though he can't talk yet,
your baby is absorbing the love in his environment that you are
providing. My sister - the psychology major - has told me all about the
emotional imprinting that happens to very young children. Rejoice in
the fact that you are there to take care of him and love him every day!

Hope this finds you inspired and excited about taking charge of
your health and your well being after having a baby! My son is
16-months old now, and it's been a wonderful experience so far!For
great savings on these important resources check out:1) BOB Jogging
Strollers - My site on where to find and buy the only stroller
you'll ever need - a BOB jogger - at the best prices possible.2)
My site on Huggies
Diapers - For Huggies newborn diapers, on up to Huggies Size 3 and
beyond - jumbo boxes delivered to your door!
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