Are you pregnant with your first child on the way? Well if you haven’t had a child then you are in for a bit of a shock. Most new moms have their energy levels basically taken from them after having kids for a few reasons such as constantly having to breast feed, sleepless nights, and not just being able to kick the shoes off and having a lay down. You will be doing a lot more than you usually do so your energy levels take a hit. This being said, there are a few things that you can do to help keep your energy levels at least at an acceptable state. Here are some things that have worked for us in the past and hopefully they will work for you too.
Don’t Skip Meals
First thing is not to skip meals, especially breakfast. I know that it will be hard and that you will feel like you won’t have time to make all the usual meals for yourself, but to benefit everyone which includes your baby, partner, and yourself, make sure you eat your meals. Don’t skip them. If you skip breakfast your mood will suffer and so will your energy levels. The same goes for the rest of your meals. Maximise your energy levels and eat your meals.
Whether you are home with your child and you get hungry for a snack but are too tired to make one, try a protein bar. If you do choose to go down this route, then make sure that you check the ingredients list vigorously. There are so many protein bars available today and many of which have so many unnecessary chemicals in them. In fact, they probably shouldn’t even be sold to the public let alone new mothers which are breast feeding. But also is some pretty good bars out there. The healthiest option out of all of them is to try make you own protein bars. They taste better and are far better for you. Protein bars are great for when you’re at home needing a snack or while you’re out and trying to keep going before your next meal.
Eating a balanced diet is extremely important at all times during your life, especially during this time. And magnesium can definitely help with energy levels. It is recommended that woman take approximately 300 milligrams of magnesium each day and around 250 milligrams for men. Some foods which contain magnesium are kale, almonds, cashews, and bran cereal. If you have any concerns, make sure you see your doctor before taking any medications or vitamins.
I know it’s hard to get organized enough to get outside often, especially just after having a child. But try to make a big effort to get outside and get some sun. I am not talking about spending the whole day out there, but more like 20 minute spurts of sun and in the morning or afternoon. This will help with your vitamin D levels and vitamin D gives you energy. For those days you can’t get organized to get outside, try vitamin D drops or tablets as a replacement. But this is not a long term solution, getting outside is far more effective.