The last trimester of pregnancy and the first 6 weeks of having a newborn could be very tiring. Getting your energy level to match up with your to-do list could be challenging.
I remember those days; dragging myself out of the bed to go to work when my very pregnant body just wanted to catch up with sleep. My baby was colicky so things did not get better fast enough after delivery.
The good thing is that things do get better as your little one grows and falls into a routine
I will be sharing 5 timeless tips for increasing your energy and getting more done that would apply well beyond the pregnancy and newborn phase.
- Get some sleep
Don’t fall into the trap of shaving off sleep time to get things done. Every once in a while is okay but slashing sleep is not a long term strategy.
I know, I know. You are too exhausted from all the running around and too busy to make time for exercise.
How about the time you spend relaxing in front of the TV? That’s time that can go to exercise. You have to go about it in a way that works for you.
After paying gym membership dues for a whole year without stepping in there once, I bought an elliptical machine so I can work out at my convenience.
You would find me on it at 9:30PM on some nights, not optimal exercise time but hey, whatever works.
Fit4Mom (formerly known as Stroller Strides) is a wonderful program where moms can bring in their little ones in strollers to participate in exercise routines.
- Eat well
You are what you eat. Avoid foods that get you bloated or constipated. You are never your best when gassy. If you are nursing, those same foods would likely make your little one gassy and fussy as well.
- Buy back your time
You can’t get back your time and you can’t have 2 more hours in your day. The reprieve is to pay, barter or beg to have more time for what counts.
I very much doubt your kids’ care who cleans the bathroom or who schedules their dental appointment.
They do care that you show up at their recital so make time for the important events/activities and get affordable help for the non-deal breakers.
My favorite pick-me-up! Don’t overdo caffeine. 1-2 cups a day should be fine. Going above 4 cups is asking for trouble. You could start experiencing the coffee headaches, poor sleep and bladder leakage issues.
The sleep debt collector will hit you up for payment at the most inopportune time. The brain does not get to recharge and reboot. Your stress hormones rage. You get snappy and irritable. Being sleep deprived could make you more prone to post-partum depression.
Enlist your partner- play tag team for sleep time if you have to.
Take heart in this; the parenting days are very long but the years are incredibly short! Savor the time you have with your kids.
I would love to hear the tips and tricks you employed to “do it all”.
Bola Oyeyipo is a mom of 2 little ones, a family doctor and co-founder of Healthgist.com where she breaks down the complex world of women’s health & medical issues into easy to digest nuggets.
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