Every mom knows that finding a balance between personal well-being and family life can sometimes be a challenge. How do you nurture your family but also stay fit and maintain a positive mental outlook? Along with some advice from Dr. Stephen Stampp at Milk and Honey Body Cosmetic Surgery in Las Cruces, here are some tips for moms.
Get Enough Sleep
This might be the toughest tip to follow because, as a mom, it feels natural to put everyone else first. But if you can manage to get six to eight hours of sleep a night, you’ll feel better mentally and physically and you’ll have more energy during the day. Like all aspects of motherhood, it’s a juggling act. If you’re a stay-at-home mom, try to catch a power nap when your kids are napping. It’s tempting to do chores during that quiet time, but that’s a great time to take care of yourself.
Find Time for Exercise
Just as it can be a challenge to get adequate sleep, it can be difficult to find time for exercise, but the benefits far outweigh the cost when it comes to getting in a workout. Recent research shows that even 4,000 steps a day can provide big benefits. And while walking is great exercise, it might not be enough to help undo some of the changes brought on by pregnancy.
Start with a look at your daily schedule and see where you can fit in some exercise. Then search for a workout plan that will fit your needs. If you can find something that you can do at home with your kids, that’s an optimal plan. Kids can burn off energy along with you as you do exercises at home while watching an online exercise video. Yoga is another way to get in a workout with your kids. They’ll enjoy showing off how limber they are.
Some moms have extensive workout equipment and have space in their homes for that equipment. If you don’t, see if there’s a gym nearby. Many gyms have a childcare center right in the facility, so you can get in a workout while your kids are entertained close by.
For moms who work outside the home, see if your workplace has a gym in the building. Many businesses offer that as a perk. Have a quick lunch and then head to the gym for a break that will really pay off physically and mentally.
Fitness Classes that Cater to Moms
Lots of people who are beginning an exercise program or just getting back into the habit, find that an exercise class is more fun and more motivating than working out alone. A quick internet search of fitness classes for moms can turn up many options. Those types of fitness classes are great at targeting areas of the body most affected by pregnancy, and you’ll have a built-in support system that can help you meet your goals.
What to do with “Trouble Spots”
No matter how fit you were before the kids came along, pregnancy alters your body. And no matter how much you work out, there still might be parts of your body that need extra help. In cases like these a “mommy makeover” might help you get the body you want.
A mommy makeover is a customized combination of cosmetic surgery procedures designed to address common physical changes that occur after childbirth and breastfeeding. The goal is to restore a woman’s pre-pregnancy body shape, or even enhance it, depending on personal preferences.
Typically, a mommy makeover may include a tummy tuck to flatten and tighten the abdomen, liposuction to remove stubborn fat deposits, a breast lift or augmentation to rejuvenate the appearance of the breasts, and sometimes additional procedures like thigh or arm lifts.
The combination of procedures targets areas most affected by pregnancy. This makes the mommy makeover a popular and efficient option for women looking to regain their pre-pregnancy figure. Dr. Stephen Stampp, the cosmetic surgeon at Milk and Honey Body Cosmetic Surgery in Las Cruces, can meet with you to discuss your goals and help you regain or improve on your pre-pregnancy shape.
Whatever your fitness goals are, try to find time for yourself — to exercise, get rest, and be there for yourself and your family. You and everyone around you will benefit.
Story by Julia Osgood
STORY SPONSORED BY MILK AND HONEY BODY COSMETIC SURGERY
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