Healthy Tips for The New Mom

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on March 16, 2014

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Our baby girl is 9 weeks old today!

I can’t believe it’s been 9 weeks already. It has seriously flown by. In this time we have had tons of amazing and helpful visitors, been on one date night, gone on a bunch of walks, had 3 “play dates,” had just a few completely sleepless nights, dealt with fussiness and a baby gas, been in love with Layla’s smiles and “a-goos,” and took Layla out to 3 nice dinners (Chez Panisse, Greens, and Millennium) – where she did great! It’s been a crazy and amazing ride with our super active, kick-punching, talkative little girl – and I can’t wait to see what the next month brings πŸ™‚

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And in honor of Layla’s 9 week birthday, I thought I’d share a few healthy tips for the new mom that I’ve been trying to keep in mind every day.

Tip #1: Stay hydrated.Β Drinking enough water / fluids is critical to keeping your energy up, and for any breastfeeding mom it’s super important for your milk supply! I just carry around a water bottle with me these days and fill it with coconut water, regular water, and a tiny bit of apple juice mixed with a ton of water. I have to mix things up a bit because just drinking regular water all the time gets boring for me!

Tip #2: Take a bath or a shower every dayΒ (if you can!). When we got home from the hospital the husband asked me what he could do to make my days easier, and one of the main things I asked for is to be able to take a shower every day. It’s my time to unwind, not have to worry about Layla, and feel like a normal adult. It’s amazing how much a shower can do for your mood. And in the same vein, try to change out of your PJs after your shower – it’s the first step to motivating you to get out of the house!

Tip #3: Get moving.Β This doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym every day (which, if you’re at home alone with your little one, is nearly impossible!) But try to find ways to stay active a few times a week if you can. For me, this means going on long walks with Layla in the stroller – she loves it! And on the weekends taking a trip to the gym in our building while the husband watches Layla. You can also do some yoga in your house while your little one naps, or carry them in a carrier while running errands.

Tip #4: Don’t expect too much out of yourself.Β No one can do it all. Make sure to get as much support as you can and ask for help when you need it. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you feel like you’re not doing enough – it’s a long, tough road at times so it’s important to be gentle and kind with yourself.

Tip #5: Eat. This might sound like a no-brainer, but it is a huge challenge getting meals together while taking care of a little one by yourself (while your partner is at work and you’re still on leave). Make sure you don’t skip breakfast and take advantage of the naps during the day to prep your other meals so that it doesn’t end up being 5pm and you still haven’t eaten lunch (this has happened to me once or twice since Layla was born.) And if you’re looking for a way to jump start your diet, try my 30 Day Clean Up Your Diet ProgramΒ – it has everything you need to help lose the baby weight and get healthy!

And most importantly, just enjoy every minute you can of new parenthood. At times it’s super challenging and tiring, but it’s also amazingly rewarding and they will never be this age again!

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Shabnam March 16, 2014 at 11:21 pm

WOW. She looks so lovely. Thanks for the pictures, I’m not a mom so for now I enjoy the pictures but in futur I will use your tips too.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 17, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Thank you so much Shabnam!

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eishas March 17, 2014 at 5:34 am

OMG! Anjali I love these pics! She is sooo adorable! OMG Anjali she has the cutest outfits! I can’t decide if I love the pic of her smiling or sticking her tongue out πŸ™‚ Awwww!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 17, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Hahaha thanks so much Eisha!

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eishas March 17, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Yay!!!! You’re the best! Not only a cute mom and inspirational woman, but a smart and savvy lifesaver! Yes…LIFESAVER (that’s how much commenting on your blog means to me lol!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 21, 2014 at 11:10 pm

Awww haha thanks Eisha πŸ™‚

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jenn aka the picky girl March 17, 2014 at 6:08 am

She is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing photos of her.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Thanks Jenn! πŸ™‚

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Parita @ myinnershakti March 17, 2014 at 8:22 am

Layla is beautiful and look at all that hair!!! πŸ™‚

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Aw thanks Parita! And yes! haha she came out with that much hair — and it just keeps growing! πŸ™‚

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Brenda March 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm

She is beautiful! Congrats to you and your husband

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 21, 2014 at 11:11 pm

Thank you so much Brenda!!

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Andrea March 18, 2014 at 6:07 am

This has to be one of the most adorable little girls Ive ever seen!! Congrats!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 21, 2014 at 11:11 pm

Awww you are so sweet! Thanks so much Andrea!

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Danica March 19, 2014 at 10:52 am

She is such a beautiful girl! What a sweet face. Thank you for sharing. I think tip #2 is absolutely on the mark. Showering and dressing was what kept me sane when my daughter was that age.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater March 21, 2014 at 11:13 pm

Thanks Danica!! And yes absolutely — I never thought I’d look forward to my daily shower so much but it really does help keep you sane! πŸ™‚

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Kristen April 3, 2014 at 8:19 am

Aaaah! She is the cutest ever! Gorgeous photos and great tips πŸ™‚ x

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 5, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Thank you so much Kristen!!

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Charlene@ Thatgirlcookshealthy April 23, 2014 at 12:38 pm

What an adorable baby girl, she melts my heart and brings a smile to my face.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 23, 2014 at 10:12 pm

Awwww you are so sweet Charlene! Thank you so much!

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Ridhi Sharma April 24, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Anjali, thanks for sharing these pearls of wisdom. The first year of motherhood is packed with joy, sleepless nights, and more than a few surprises. It seems like absolutely everyone — including books, pediatricians, parents, friends and a plethora of well-meaning bystanders — has an opinion on the right and wrong ways to care for a baby. She is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing photos of her.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 25, 2016 at 10:36 am

No problem at all Ridhi! I totally agree – the first year of motherhood is a rollercoaster and there is information everywhere! So glad you found this post helpful!

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