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Memory and Energy Help for New Mommies

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The one point in time where mommies really struggle with their energy, memory and brain health is in the first six months after child birth. So many factors impact a mom’s memory and energy at this point that it’s overwhelming. Factors such as, hormonal changes, lack of sleep, new child integration, establishing new habits, hyper focus on the health and wellness of the child, and others make it extremely difficult for a mom to focus on maintaining her brain health and energy.

Stephanie Miles of the Baby Center recommends a few easy nutrition steps that can improve your energy, memory, and brain health.

 

Eat a better breakfast

Eggs, yogurt, and complex carbohydrates like whole-grain bread and cereals provide a good lasting nutrition and energy. Complex carbohydrates are rich in fiber, vitamins, and mineral. They act as the body’s fuel, and contribute to energy production and brain health. Add some blueberries to your breakfast and you’ll really get a brain boost.

 

Eat Small meals throughout the day

Research has shown that smaller meals throughout the day help maintain an even level of energy. Instead of 3 large meals focus on 5 smaller meals interspersed throughout the day. Keep your fridge stocked with easy snacks or quick small meals that are high in protein such as whole wheat toast with peanut butter, edamame, trail mix, dried, string cheese and crackers, yogurt, and others. Fruits and vegetables can be an easy and fast way to gain nutrition and an energy boost when you need to grab something fast.  In addition to maintaining your energy and brain health, smaller meals with save you time and stress.

 

Resist the Urge to Diet

Many mommies struggle with their body image after giving birth to a child. They want to eliminate baby weight as quickly as possible. It’s easy to get frustrated with the slow pace of postpartum weight loss and many moms choose dieting to speed up the process. Unfortunately, most diets require caloric reductions and other modifications that can have a significant impact on energy and brain health. It's important not to worry about your weight right now," says Debra Gilbert Rosenberg, author of The New Mom's Companion, who advises new mothers to focus on sustaining their strength rather than worrying about their weight-loss goals. "Your goal in those first few weeks is to stay alive and keep your child alive," Rosenberg says. Also, nursing moms should know that losing weight too quickly can release toxins stored in body fat, which will make their way into breast milk.

 

Drink lots of water

Research has shown that dehydration starves your brain of water which forces it to work harder. In addition, recent research has revealed that failing to drink enough water can make your gray matter shrink, reducing the size and performance of your brain. Any fatigue, sleepiness, or memory issues from your new child become exponentially worse. To combat dehydration drink lots of water.

 

What’s the right amount of water required to stay properly hydrated? There are two schools of thought on hydration. One school of thought is to drink to thirst. The other school of thought is 8 to10 8-ounce glasses per day. According to nutrition expert StaciJoy Ellis (Stacijoy.com), a more accurate approach is to divide your body weight by 2 which will provide you with the proper number of ounces of water that you need to consume per day to stay properly hydrated. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds then you need 80 ounces of water per day (160 divided by 2 = 80).

 

Whichever method you choose make it easy to stay hydrated. Keep a water bottle handy around the house, in your diaper bag, and in the car or stroller, so you can stay hydrated no matter where you are.

 

Avoid Overdoing Caffeine and Sugar

It’s easy when you’re tired to lean on caffeine and sugar to gain some energy. The problem is that it becomes really easy to use caffeine and sugar as an “all the time” thing versus a sometime thing. Sugar typically provides a rapid energy boost, however, once the pancreas begins secreting insulin to counter balance the sugar then you experience a rapid decline in energy and alertness. Caffeine can also provide a burst of energy; however, regular use can lead to hypertension, increased stress, dehydration, and poor brain function. The key for both is moderation.

 

Implement these steps today and you will definitely improve your energy and memory. What do you do to maintain your energy and memory?

 

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