Having a baby is one of the most incredible things you will do in your life, but it’s no walk in the park. Pregnancy is hard on the body, and parenthood can be full of all kinds of challenges. To fully prepare yourself and set yourself up for success, taking care of your mental and physical health is important. As they say, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Now that you have a little person relying on you, you really do need to be on top form. Here are some things to consider.

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Rest as Much as You Can

With a screaming new born, getting any rest might seem like an impossible task. And while you certainly won’t get the same luxury weekend lie-ins and peaceful starts as you once did, every now and again try to sleep uninterrupted. Maybe you and your partner could take ‘shifts’ looking after the baby in the early days. It allows one of you to be awake and alert while the other completely catches up on their sleep. If family and friends offer to help, take them up on it. Life with a new baby is difficult; if anyone is prepared to help you whether it’s doing a load of laundry or fetching some groceries, don’t be afraid to take them up on their offer.

Start a Postpartum Exercise Regime

Once you have fully healed and regained your strength, you can start looking into post partum exercise regimes. With a new baby, fitting in workouts can be a struggle, but they’re so worth doing if you can. You will feel more confident and energized, spring back to your pre-pregnancy body more easily and generally be fitter and healthier. If you don’t know where to start, consider speaking to a fitness trainer. They will give you a tailored routine that works for you, and can help you get back to being ‘you’ after having your baby.

Nourish Your Body and Stay Hydrated

After pregnancy, you will need to promote healing and eat foods which give you energy. Fill up on plenty of healthy produce, making sure you get enough macro and micro nutrients to allow you to repair and thrive. Since the early days of parenthood are so busy, before your baby arrives you could batch cook some meals and freeze them. That way you have healthy home cooked food on hand, and aren’t relying on expensive and unhealthy takeaway and ready meals. It can take a number of months to lose any weight you have gained during pregnancy, don’t rush it or try crash dieting. Sticking to a healthy lifestyle plan is your best bet. If you’re breastfeeding, you will need to drink lots of water to stay hydrated too. Drink enough to quench your thirst, plus a little extra too.