Tiredness is inevitable for new mums. Try these six ways to boost your energy levels and keep baby fatigue at bay
1. FOCUS ON YOUR BREATHING
James Hardy, director at Live Fit personal training, advises, 'Deep breathing exercises will help increase your oxygen levels bringing energy and calm.'
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2. STRETCH IT OUT
When you've got a needy baby, your nervous system can be permanently wired into stress mode. Stretching exercises can help relax your body and your nerves.
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Go easy, though - do your stretches gently at 70% effort. James Hardy advises, 'Never push to the edge of your flexibility straight after giving birth and be careful for up to six months as your relaxin hormone keeps joints loose and you can overstretch your ligaments permanently if you're not careful.'
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3. EAT HEALTHY
It is vital that as a new mum you take extra care of yourself. Not always easy, when you've got a new baby to care for.
Make sure your shelves are stocked with healthy snacks. Nuts, soups, avocado, pre-made salads cooked meats and fruit are all nutritious grab-and-go foods that will energise you at minimal time cost.
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Some mums fall into the habit or grabbing a piece of toast or a biscuit to fuel up on the run. Make sure you keep a jar of healthy, nutritious snacks close to your feeding chair, or throw a few options into your baby's changebag so you never get caught out.
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4. DRINK LOTS OF WATER
Staying hydrated will do wonders for your energy levels, will help if you are breastfeeding, and is a must for all new mums. Keep a bottle of water in your bag at all times.
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5. GRAB A NAP
Make an effort to follow the advice to sleep when your baby sleeps. An afternoon - or mid-morning - nap is a lifesaver if you have been up all night dealing with a tetchy baby.
Even if your baby sleeps through, the post-baby recovery period is essential for mums who want to spring back to full health.
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6. TAKE A SUPPLEMENT
Think green powder, magnesium, fish oil, probiotics or B-complex vitamins for energy.
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