Summer has hit us, moms. It’s that time of the year when the scorching heat will test your patience and yes, your energy quotient.
Apart from the heat, you may also feel dehydrated and drained sometimes. Your skin is also susceptible to irritation and rashes because of the heat. However, these things are only common and can easily be taken care of with a few tweaks to your everyday routine.
So, here are some easy self-care tips that can help you adapt to the summer heat as a new mom and enjoy this vibrant season of mango milkshakes and light cottons:
1. Stay hydrated through the day
During this time of the year, our bodies lose significant amount of fluids along with essential salts and minerals and as a new mom, you should not take that lightly.
Whether you are breastfeeding your baby or not, it is essential that you drink twice the amount of water that an average person would drink. For breastfeeding moms, your breast milk consists of significant amount of water and that’s a pretty good reason to keep your level of water intake high.
You can add variations to your fluid mix by drinking juices from fruits like lime, watermelon, strawberries, etc. This will not only keep the fluid level high in your body but will also enhance your vitamin C level and your mineral intake.
So moms, please don’t forget to drink your fluids on time.
- Carry a sunscreen always
Your skin is highly sensitive during the postpartum days and taking care of it should certainly be a priority. It becomes prone to diseases like dermatitis, eczema and other infections, during these days.
Always remember to apply sunscreen on your whole body before going out in the sun. Ultra violet rays and changes in the hormonal levels may lead to your skin becoming a victim of the ‘mask of pregnancy’- a condition of darkening skin with light patches. Just stay a step ahead and be extra careful whenever you’re outdoors.
Remember to stick a note about this on your dressing table, moms.
- Eat healthy
There are times during your postpartum phase when you feel so tired that you ultimately skip a meal. Please don’t do that! Your body has changed and needs your attention. Nutritional food is necessary to restore all the essential elements in your body that got drained during childbirth.
Food items like spinach, egg yolk and pumpkin contain iron that builds strength in your body. Additionally, the intake of multi-grains, fruits and nuts provide Omega 3 and vitamins in your body.
To make your food routine exciting, we suggest keeping a journal with a nutritional diet plan. Try to mix and match your food items to bring a twist to your daily food.
Moms, your nutrition is essential – seek expert advice on what you can or cannot eat and don’t ever ignore it please.
Yes, you heard that right. Summer is the best time to exercise and work out.
No. We are not talking about heavy work-outs, but lighter exercises like yoga for both your physical and emotional well-being. The summer heat acts as a stimulant to sweating which helps to detox your body.
Performing yoga under the early morning sun helps your body to gain the essential nutrient, Vitamin D. Every pregnant woman has a chance of Vitamin D deficiency which may affect the postpartum stage as well. However, we suggest you consult your doctor to put you on a regime that suits you best.
With that, moms, you have one more secret to your well-being.
- Stay shower-powered
We know you want to skip the shower sometimes because there’s so much to do and not enough time. It may feel like a luxury but showers are absolutely essential for you, moms!
You need to feel refreshed and those five-ten minutes in the shower is a must. Showering helps in your body’s blood circulation and reduces the chances of infection in your body. Make the most of it with The Moms Co. Natural Calming Wash that has lavender and patchouli essential oils to give you a relaxing bath experience. You can buy it on: https://themomsco.com/pregnancy/shop-by-product/natural-body-wash.html
However, we recommend you consult your doctor about when you can start bathing again, post-delivery.
So there you go moms, now you know the little things that can make a big difference to your summers. We urge you to acknowledge that your body has undergone a lot of changes and taking care of it is also an indispensable part of this process of motherhood; and hope that with these tips, you will generously give yourself the tender loving care that you truly deserve.