With the new year coming up, we hear a lot about resolutions. The most common resolution is weight loss but of course there are others. These resolutions are all about changing yourself as you change the calendar. So why don’t we look at pregnancy the same way? Pregnancy brings more changes than just about any other stage of our life so it’s worth resolving to be better.
Perhaps because I’m due in January it’s been heavy in my mind. Here are some postpartum resolutions to consider, no matter when you’re due.
This is a great resolution for everyone, but it is especially essential to any mother considering breastfeeding. How you nourish yourself is how you nourish your baby which you should already be used to from pregnancy. This resolution serves 3 amazing purposes. This can help lose weight, nourish baby, and get you in the habit before your baby starts eating solid food.
While this goes hand in hand with eating better, they are not always synonymous. There are ladies that have no issues going back to their pre-pregnancy weight and usually bodies. However, if you don’t automatically this is a perfect resolution for you.
This is also a great resolution if you weren’t happy with the weight you were at before becoming pregnant. The kickstart in shedding pounds will be just the motivation you need to keep going.
Start a Pinterest board, choose a challenge, hit the gym. However, you decide to get the weight off, choose a method and stick with it even if your method is trying new things and switching up routines.
This is so important with a new baby. Get in the habit of keeping your little one on a schedule which may help when it’s time to return to work.
Meet New People
Postpartum is a great time to connect with other new moms. While old relationships provide you with much needed support, it can be an adjustment if you’re young and most of your friends don’t have kids.
Having other moms as friends make for fun play dates and making a life inclusive of your baby, instead of outside of your baby, will probably help you cope with your new life changes. Go to some new kid-friendly places, see who you meet and exchange information.
With a new baby, you’ll look forward to finding ways to increase your patience. With a little one relying on you, the last thing you want to be is stressed. Especially with the risk of depression at an all time high postpartum.
Take up a new sport or activity, plan mommy time if you have the opportunity, or start seeing a counselor. Your baby will feed off of your energy so happy mommy makes a happy baby.
Get Out of Debt
It’s no secret that having a kid is a huge expense. That’s why having an emergency fund is that much more important when kids are involved. You can’t really build a savings if you owe other people, especially with interest. My number 1 resolution for 2018, after my pregnancy is to get out of debt.
I had already planned to do so while I was pregnant, but I didn’t even take into account that my delivery bill will be added on top of pre-existing debts. Time for some re-budgeting!
Learn a New Language
This is a great mommy-and-me moment for you and your little one. I wasn’t even considering this as one of my resolutions until I thought about wanting my child to learn more than one language while it’s easiest.
Learning a few key sign language terms is one of my first to-do’s because that can be taught before baby even learns to talk. Other than that, I’d like to brush up on my Spanish since I haven’t taken that since high school. I’ll likely use games and apps to make it fun for both me and my baby.
Mend Old Relationships
I’ll have to admit I’ve gotten a head start on this while I’m pregnant. There’s no better feeling than adding on to your support team, especially if that means mending bridges with your family. While my pregnancy hormones make me more stubborn than I already am, if the way your situation is doesn’t sit right with you, fix it! Be the first to reach out even if you don’t feel like you were the one in the wrong.
Take a Class
This can be for anything. Some ideas are yoga class, a skill course, swimming, or sewing. The sewing class could come in handy if you want to make something your baby can wear or you could embroider some of their thing with their name.
Also consider mommy and me classes. Especially if you are trying to lose weight and want to attend a fitness class, it’s a good idea if you find ways to incorporate your little one. This way it can be a skill you take home.
This has been on my to do list since my pregnancy. Read a pregnancy book, a finance book, or anything you think will be beneficial to you.
Improve a Skill
Similar to the previous one, with a little twist. The last resolution is about learning something new or doing an activity. This one is all about bettering yourself and the skills you already possess. You can do this by completing sonar of the other resolutions. Take a class, read up on the topic, or just put it into practice.
Keep Up With Your Health
Postpartum is the perfect time to decide you are going to keep up with your health. This entails making sure you make appointments with all your healthcare providers. This should be an easy transition, especially if this is your first child. The frequent visits to the doctor for baby can become a joint effort.
Schedule dentist appointments, women’s wellness exams, annual physicals, or condition specific visits. Most of these can be completed at the same time for the two of you, sometimes even by the same doctor! Convenient right?