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Finding Your Wellbeing as a New Mom

Becoming a new mom is an incredible journey, filled with joy and love beyond measure. It's also a time of exhaustion, chaos and the unknown. Amidst the whirlwind of caring for a newborn, it's easy for moms to overlook their own well-being. One aspect that often takes a backseat is exercise and movement. Yet, its importance cannot be overstated, offering a multitude of benefits for both body and mind.


Pregnancy and childbirth bring significant changes to the body, and regular exercise during pregnancy can significantly reduce the risk of gestational diabetes and pregnancy-related hypertension, according to a study published in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. Engaging in postpartum exercise aids in recovery, strengthening muscles, improving circulation, and restoring energy levels. Parenthood introduces a host of stressors, from sleepless nights to the demands of caregiving. Exercise acts as a natural stress reliever, triggering the release of endorphins that elevate mood and alleviate anxiety. In fact, a survey by Fitbit found that incorporating regular exercise into their routine led to 64% of new moms feeling more energized, while 53% reported improved mood and reduced stress levels.


Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy and childbirth can lead to mood swings and emotional instability. Exercise helps regulate hormone production, promoting a more balanced emotional state and mitigating symptoms of postpartum depression. Additionally, regular exercise cultivates a sense of accomplishment and boosts self-confidence, fostering a positive body image.


Incorporating exercise into daily life as a new mom may seem daunting amidst the demands of childcare. However, starting slowly with gentle exercises such as walking or postnatal yoga can pave the way for long-term success. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week for pregnant women and postpartum moms.


Working out with a community of fellow new moms offers numerous benefits beyond physical fitness. It creates a sense of solidarity and camaraderie, allowing moms to share experiences, seek advice, and celebrate milestones together. Additionally, exercising in a group setting provides social interaction, combating feelings of isolation that can sometimes accompany early parenthood.


Prioritizing exercise and movement as a new mom is essential for holistic well-being. By embracing an active lifestyle, new moms can enhance their physical health, bolster emotional resilience, and cultivate a supportive community that empowers them through the journey of motherhood. A healthy mom is better equipped to care for her little one and navigate the joys and challenges of parenthood with vitality and grace.


Learn how Free2Be Wellness can help you as you navigate the new world of parenthood. Book a free introduction today.




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