I have had 2 babies and I can tell you that it’s no picnic. No matter which way they come into the world. No matter which route you go through with getting pregnant, childbirth, etc, it’s hard. It is also the time you should really focus on easy postpartum lifestyle changes you can make for yourself to ensure you are being the healthiest mom you can be for yourself and your baby.
Easy Postpartum Lifestyle Changes
Postpartum Lifestyle Changes I did after each baby:
Weight Watchers: I have done Weight Watchers twice. Once after each pregnancy. I honestly still use it just to maintain. I love being able to eat what I want but also really have guidance when it comes to portion control which is my biggest problem. It’s made me have such a better understanding of being actually hungry vs. bored. I have a TON of posts about WW on my blog if you want a more in-depth look! Something I really want to learn more about to is intuitive eating.
Collagen: Another thing I started about 3 weeks after I had Liam was Collagen. I stir it into all of my coffee and became obsessed. I continued it through my pregnancy with Charlotte and to this day. I read about it first on Peanut Butter Fingers blog. I think Julie is so sweet and knowledgeable so I am going to let her post explaining Collagen explain it 🙂 I see huge benefits with my digestion, hair, skin, nails, and metabolism!
Vitamins: I took a prenatal vitamin from the day we started trying for a baby. Then through both pregnancies. In fact, I am still taking one because the benefits are AMAZING. I also added in an Omega 3 supplement recently because I am just not a fish person. I also take Vitamin D, a B complex, and a probiotic.
Exercise Changes: I have been a lover of exercise for a long time. I always dabbled with workouts, but in about 2009 I started to really fall in love with them. Right now I am doing a combo of Melissa Wood Health, Peloton App HIIT classes and Yoga, and walks/cardio. I always make sure to get 10K steps a day and close all the rings on my Apple Watch.
Hydration: I drink a ton of water anyway but I have a giant YETI rambler water bottle and I try to finish 3 of them a day. Drinking water is so important for your overall health. Whenever I am feeling a headache coming on or feel a bit nauseous I ask myself if I’ve had enough water recently.
How these postpartum lifestyle changes helped me:
When I made these changes I really noticed overall differences in not only my physical appearance but in my moods, my emotions, etc. I think making overall lifestyle changes can really help you in so many areas. When you make long-term changes instead of quick fixes you will notice you just feel better every single day.
Have you made any lifestyle changes lately? I would love to hear about it!
This post was originally published in 2017 and has been updated for 2021.