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If you’ve ever been sick while your little ones are sick, then this post is for you! After going through not one, but TWO bouts of the stomach bug, I was exhausted. On two occassions this past winter, one twin developed a stomach bug, and passed it to the other, then passed it to me. Lovely, right? This meant that amidst my own vomiting, I had to clean up theirs’, as well as change butts and do a billion loads of laundry! Eventually, my husband had to take a day off of work to help all of us, because we were a complete disaster. This whole fiasco made me realize that I needed to do whatever I could to stay in good health, so I could care for my babies if both of them get sick again. Realizing that many of you moms out there have people to care for too, I thought I’d share a few tips on how to stay healthy as a new mom (or parent in general!).
Although some of the following tips might seem simple, don’t under estimate their power! It’s the little things that can make the biggest difference in our health! Okay, here we go…
1. Drink PLENTY of water.
I know, I know. Everyone probably tells you to drink more water. Really though, your body NEEDS water to survive, so why wouldn’t you drink it? From helping to keep your skin looking fresh and hydrated, to helping relieve headaches, the benefits are countless. I’m not going to harp on you all too much about this, because I feel like many of you already know that water is important, you just might have needed a reminder!
2. Get that exercise in, even if it’s only for 20 minutes!
So, I love exercising. I’m 100% sure that if my body wasn’t as strong as it is, I would have a more difficult time with the twins. They’re about 30lb each, so carrying them and diaper bag all at once can be a task (and entertaining to watch). On top of this though, working out sort of re-engergizes me throughout my day, helping me feel strong both inside and out.
3. Gut check!
Speaking of being healthy inside and out, don’t forget to #followyourgut! Did you know that 80% of your immune system is in your gut? Crazy! After having the twins and still after breaking up with my breast pump for good, my gut was all kinds of messed up. I constantly felt bloated and just a little “off” from my pre-baby body. It wasn’t until I got sick and put on antibiotics, that I tried probiotics per a doctor’s recommendation. After trying a variety of brands, some of which were super pricey, I came across the world’s most effective probiotic supplements, Hyperbiotics at Target. I particularly began taking Hyperbiotics Pro-15, although they have other options as well. Not only were they affordable, but they got my gut in check by promoting digestive health and regularity. It’s not often that you find an affordable product that is also non-GMO and without artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. For anyone sensitive to ingredients, please note that they’re also gluten, sugar, and lactose free and do not include soy, iron, or nuts.
For those interested, Hyperbiotics Pro-15 comes in a super easy-to-swallow pearl, which I prefer over capsules or larger pills. My husband makes fun of me because I have a somewhat irrational fear of choking when taking medicine, so this is a win for me. The product works by replenishing “good” bacterias in your body for optimal digestive and immune health. In turn, daily bloating, gas, and irregularity are relieved. If you’re anything like me, that means much of your discomfort disappears! This makes daily life, workouts, and parenting, just a little bit easier! If you’d like to learn more, head on over to the Hyperbiotics website or your local Target to check them out!
4. Keep it clean.
Whatever IT is, keep it clean. I’m by no means a clean freak, but I’m talking things like high chairs, shopping carts, and so on. The first time Hudson got a stomach virus, it was right after being out to 3 different places, plus a public play area, so I’m pretty certain he caught something that day. It’s practically impossible to keep out all the germs, but we could at least put in a little effort, right?
5. Check the weather, please.
It’s not just about the fact that no one wants to take babies out in the pouring rain and risk them catching a cold. Taking babies out in the rain is obviously tough, especially if you have more than one child. It’s also about general health, even if you’re out and about without your littles. Just as they can get mom and dad sick, YOU can also pass on germs to them too! So, let’s try and not do that!
6. Don’t just eat a bunch of junk!
This kind of goes along with what I mentioned earlier, about being healthy on the inside. Many of you who have followed the blog or followed us on Instagram are somewhat aware of my fitness background. Through eating healthy and cutting weight, I learned that the more junk I eat, the more lethargic I feel. I also learned that when my body gets enough nutrients, I thrive. It’s about fuel, people! If fueled correctly, our bodies can do amazing things, such as chase kids (or do like 500 loads of laundry per week). One thing I make sure to do, is eat breakfast daily. It’s so easy to skip it when in a hurry, but then we’re left running on empty.
7. Don’t forget yourself!
That’s right, YOU. I know you often forget to take care of yourself. Whether it be scheduling a routine check up at the doctor, finally getting your aches and pains evaluated, or just going through your daily skin scare routine, do it! Everyone is so huge on self-care lately, and I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not a big “I’m going to the spa” or “let’s get mani-pedis” person at all, but if that’s what makes you feel good, then go for it. When you feel good, you do good. Am I right?
Do you all have any tips for the new mamas out there? Aside from diet and exercise, it’s so easy to forget other small things we can do to try and avoid coming down with any illnesses! If you have anything to add, feel free to leave it in the comments. Don’t forget to also check out Hyperbiotics at your local Target, or online!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Probiotics support many facets of overall health when taken regularly as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.