3 Simple Ways To Increase Your Energy Postpartum
There’s no doubt about it; those first few months after having a baby are exhausting. I’d go as far as to say the whole first year is pretty tiring. Between crazy fluctuations in your hormones in those early days, surviving off of 2-3 hours stretches of sleep for months, and the new level of “busy” that is now your life...you are tired!
While a cup of coffee can be great to help you start your day, we want to avoid drinking it all day long-or into the afternoon, as the caffeine will impact the quality of your sleep (adding insult to injury here!)
So instead of popping a band-aid on the issue of being tired, let’s approach it from the root. How can you feel more energized? Here are 3 ways to increase your energy that are completely within your control.
Eat breakfast every morning. Eating breakfast promotes a stable blood sugar throughout the course of the day (stable blood sugar = stable energy!) and supports your metabolism in functioning optimally. Aim to get something within an hour of waking. A smoothie, overnight oats or some Greek yogurt with nuts and berries are all great, quick options.
Drink at least 80 ounces of water every day. If you’re breastfeeding, make it at least 100. Did you know that even mild dehydration can affect your mood, your energy level and your ability to think clearly? We’ve got enough going on! We don’t need dehydration making us feel grouchy, more tired or more forgetful. Drink up, momma! Pro-tip: use a water bottle with a straw so that you can drink while you’re holding/feeding the baby.
Include carbohydrates with each meal and snack. I’m not talking triscuits and pretzels...I mean nutrient dense carbohydrates like sweet potato, quinoa, squash, fruit and non-starchy veggies like broccoli, peppers, spinach, etc. Carbs get a bad rap...I promise you; they are NOT the enemy. On the contrary, carbohydrates are our bodies main source of energy. (In fact, they even aid in the process of breaking down fat!) Enjoy carbs that are high in fiber and low in sugar to support better energy throughout the day.
While it’s true that your baby is calling the shots for a while when it comes to your sleep and opportunities to relax, there are things that you can do each and every day to maintain your energy and feel great. Breakfast, water and eating nutrient dense carbohydrates are a great place to start!