21st February 2013
There’s tired… and then there’s how you feel having survived the festive season and dark days of January with a baby. But things are literally getting brighter and there are buds on the trees, so here’s how to get that spring back in your step.
Relax and unwind
It's probably not the first thing that springs to mind for a new mother, granted, but you owe it to you and your baby to take time to chill out and recharge.
- Take a full day off – get your family or friends to step in while you do absolutely nothing.
- Not an option? Take an hour to yourself for the sole purpose of lazing in the bath – or sleeping. Pour in some bubble bath, lie back and breathe deeply.
- The house looks like a tip? Who cares? It will get tidied when you’re good and ready. And anyone who points out that the post-Christmas mess is lasting well into February can roll up their sleeves.
Try something new
A change is as good as a rest – or so they say. Why not try…
- Yoga or swimming with your baby. Birthlight offers yoga, aqua yoga and baby swimming sessions to help you relax. These activities will also help you and your baby get to know each other better.
- Getting outside – with or without the latest member of your family. It will clear your head, change your focus and help your health. Tesco Loves Baby Club fitness expert Joanna Hall encourages making walking a regular part of your routine.
Change your diet
What you eat will affect how you feel. These tips should help you to regain some energy.
- Start the day right. A steaming cup of Twinings Morning Detox will set you up – the lemon will help cleanse your system and palate, while the milk thistle has antioxidant properties and is thought to be good for liver, kidney and urinary health.
- Take a vitamin B complex supplement as it will help your body get the maximum energy from food.
- Resist the urge to lose the baby weight pronto – dieting may affect your milk production and will make you feel tired. Give yourself six months to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight.
- Get your oats – they release energy slowly and steadiy and keep you feeling fuller for longer. Choose whole oats, which still have their fibrous outer shell – they take even longer to break down and so keep that energy flowing for longer.
- Snack well. Peanut butter will give you an instant lift because of its balance of fats, protein, and carbohydrates.