New Mom Stress – 5 Clues From Your Body

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While a new baby in the house may bring joy, it can also mean new mom stress for everyone and stretching your coping skills to the limits. Yes, hormones are surging that make you want to just put everything but your baby’s wellbeing on the backburner. Unfortunately for most parents of a newborn, that is just not possible. So while the rest of the family is hoping for a little attention, don’t forget to take care of yourself as well. A big part of new mom stress is simply neglecting your own welfare, often to the detriment of those around you. But your bodies are made to give you little clues to teach you what you need right now. Here are five that are well worth paying attention to for any new mom.

Don’t skip meals – When we skip breakfast and/or lunch we release adrenalin and cortisol from our adrenal glands. This, combined with the low blood sugar we get from not eating, can decrease brain function leaving you anxious and tense feeling.

Eat right – Some of us head straight to that sugary snack and coffee first thing in the morning, and then wonder why we are sluggish after. Caffeine and sugar on an empty stomach will lower your blood sugar even more then it was when you first got up. Protein, on the other hand, will boost your tyrosine levels and give you sustained energy for the day.

Get some sun – If you are feeling low and lack motivation, when was the last time you walked in the sun? We soak up vitamin D as well as increase our dopamine and serotonin levels when we are in the sun. This winter, make sure you get as much of it as you can.

Exercise regularly – Yes this is an old one but it is right on target. You will find you have more energy when you do something as simple as walk for half an hour each day. It lowers your adrenalin and cortisol levels that make you feel tense.

Get away, with calming adults – Doing something as simple as yoga with a roomful of adults helps in two ways. The calming effect releases oxytocin that fights stress chemicals in your body. Plus, being around adults can activate natural opiates in your brain. Especially when you get to discuss something other than your new mom stress and baby poop.

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