Posted in Fitness, Nutrition, For Moms, Self Care

Baby body blues, ie spring fever

18 months pp and it seems like trying to get myself healthy and work on fitness is becoming even more difficult. What are your favorite tips for making healthiness a priority when your hands are full 24/7 and what are the easiest things I can do to make it happen?

  • Rachel
    Mar 17

    I'm also 18 months pp and my depression has gotten way worse with time. A depression lamp for seasonal depression might help. Its suppose to help with seasonal depression by acting like the sun and giving your body the sunlight that you don't get during the winter. You could also go to some counseling. They can help you vent, give you helpful resources, give advice and support, and if it gets really bad they can prescribe antidepressants. A counselor can also help you identify the root causes of your depression and help you make a plan to get back on track. I also started going to some groups, like mom and baby classes, early childhood education, and mom support groups. Its nice to meet other moms who feel the same, make new friends, get extra support, and hear new advice/ideas. Just remember and remind yourself that if you don't take care of yourself then you won't be able to give your all to your kids and take care of them as well. You have to put yourself first sometimes.

  • Elle
    Mar 17

    Seek help from trusted medical professional. Depression isn't something to play around with. Bring baby with you to doctor appointment, it's perfectly fine.

  • Lulu
    Mar 17

    Thanks, but was hoping for more fitness/healthy eating tips... Maybe I wasn't clear

  • A
    Mar 17

    Baby and me yoga classes, stroller workouts run by mom groups like fit4mom etc, mall walk/stroller walk groups (most malls have mall walk groups). Online postnatal workout programs with daily video workouts on apps like MUTU or EveryMother etc (there are others I'm sure), they do online workout challenges too via Facebook and Instagram. Do squats instead of bending over, every time you have to bend. Lunge to pick up baby. Go to park/library/play area and do laps around the play area while the kid plays. I tell myself "Healthy and happy mommy = healthy and happy baby" for motivation. All this is what helped me. But give yourself grace and don't push too hard. As you already know motherhood is no easy task. You are doing a LOT of work already.

  • Raji
    Mar 17

    I don’t know if ur kiddo still naps or not but I use that time to workout. I have always liked working out but since her birth haven’t gotten back into it. I started this month with the goal of just doing stretches/light workouts for a month and then follow a bit heavy workouts. I use fitnessblender. Com and do their free workouts on YouTube. I’ve also started to eat less sugary junk food as kiddo was starting to ask for em. On nice days, I take her for a walk. Small stuff to start out with n hopefully tone somewhat by summer.

  • Elle
    Mar 17

    @ Lulu, apologies, I thought the post was hinting at ppd. All the best!

  • Kieli
    Mar 17

    I wanted to lose weight when I stopped breastfeeding. I started the keto diet, low carb and low sugar. I started out the first week or two exercising almost everyday. I cheated some too, every Saturday I would cheat all I wanted not just one meal. And even during the week sometimes. I ended up losing 11 pounds the month I dieted. Then I found out I was pregnant again so I stopped dieting. Keto is hard to keep in track, but seeing those results in such short time was so rewarding. I plan on moderate keto diet after my baby is born to help me lose the baby weight faster. It’s a lot easier to diet when other people around you are dieting as well