Traveling with your little one can be intimidating for baby and mom. You both are out of your normal routine, sleeping in a different bed, adjusting to new surroundings, possibly a new time zone. Of course we don’t want our babies to feel uncertain and scared. Fortunately, one thing that will remain stable for your baby is the comfort and nourishment they receive from breastfeeding. Have you ever heard the expression “milk coma”? That’s pretty much how my babies get when I nurse them- regardless of whether we are in an airplane, on the beach, in the middle of a busy city, or, late at night, in an unfamiliar bed.
My name is Sarah and I am the owner of sarahctravels.com, a family travel blog. My boys are ages 4 and 1 and I have nursed both of them for the first 18+ months of their lives, including during our travels. I’ve nursed my babies in 30+ different countries all around the world. Not that I’m a breastfeeding expert, but I have found that nursing while traveling makes the whole experience so much easier!!
Ok, so you’re feeling stronger and ready to progress your abdominal strengthening exercises? That’s great to hear! Just make sure you started with the basics and are not experiencing any pain or symptoms. If you missed the first part of this blog series, check it out here: 5 Exercises to Tighten your Belly after Babies.
Remember, the key to success without causing further damage to your core is to build up slowly. It takes the body time to fully heal. It can take a lot longer than you wish it did, especially if you have been diagnosed with diastasis recti or are experiencing a separation of your abdominal muscles.
The first six weeks after you have a baby can be rough. You are most likely emotional, exhausted, anxious, lonely, stressed, fearful…the list of feelings goes on. There is a lot to learn about your new baby and so much to do. Most of the six weeks will be spent nursing/feeding, changing diapers, cuddling with this small human you love beyond comprehension, and trying to get said human to sleep. During these six weeks, doctors advise parents to limit baby’s exposure to crowds so his immune system has a chance to strengthen. While your first priority is certainly going to be your baby, this is an important time to take care of yourself too. Taking care of yourself is one of the best ways to care for your baby. Here are 10 ways you can reduce postpartum blues in the first six weeks.
For all of those moms out there who feel like they are struggling with the post-baby “pooch”, or have been diagnosed with diastasis recti (separated abdominal muscles), it’s time to take control with these simple postpartum exercises. Besides feeling good about yourself, it’s important to properly strengthen your core muscles to avoid more issues down the road. Diastasis recti can lead to array of other issues, including lower back pain, fecal or urinary incontinence, pain or loss of sensation during intercourse, or even a hernia.
Eating healthy is important for both you and your baby. Not only is your newborn directly accessing the nutrients from the foods that you eat; but when you are healthier, you are better equipped to provide the best possible care. With a new baby in the house, this may be easier said than done. One nutrient dense food is the answer to the question of how to increase breast milk supply and it is readily available at the grocery store. Chickpeas (or garbanzo beans), whatever you prefer to call them. These little legumes are beneficial to postpartum moms in many ways.
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It’s no surprise that postpartum exercise often feels like a catch-22. Of course you want to look and feel great, but you are likely exhausted and may even feel self-conscious. That said, it’s good to keep in mind the benefits of exercise after having a baby are two-fold: mental and physical.
It seems that lately we’ve been hearing a lot of our mom friends complaining about getting their kids to eat…well, eat healthfully. As moms of toddlers ourselves, we face this struggle on an everyday basis. Of course we want our kids to eat healthfully. But sometimes we just want our kids to eat something…ok, anything even, that qualifies as healthy. This can be a tall order in our households, because like all moms, we are constantly on the go. Most days, we need meals that meet the following busy mom criteria: (1) super quick, (2) totally delicious, and (3) contain nutritional value. So today we are focusing on baby and toddler approved meal ideas that you both will feel good about. They hit all three busy mom criteria, and added bonus…you’ll love them too! (let’s be serious, we moms need quick and healthy solutions too)