Tips for Busy Mums to Stay Fit

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Being a mum is a full time job and it requires pretty much all of your time and attention, but as a mum you need to learn how to stay fit so that you can be healthy for your children and also teach them good habits to have.

As a mum you are constantly on the go and juggling all the different tasks that you have and staying fit usually gets side-tracked.

Here are some tips that you can use to stay fit and can fit into your busy schedule.

Walk

Driving is the quicker option in most situations, but walking is the healthier option. If you are just running a quick errand then try to walk or even bike there instead of hopping in your car. You will feel good about yourself and also walking doesn’t harm the environment.

Exercise with the Kids

Try and find ways that you are able to include your kids in your workout. This is not only fun, but both you and your kids will be getting exercise.

Turn Chores into a Workout

Cleaning and other household chores is something that can’t be escaped and is also used as an excuse by many mums to get out of exercising. You can though turn those daily chores into a workout. You can do your chores with more energy or put on some music and dance whilst you clean.

Cans for Weights

Instead of spending money on buying weights rather just use a few everyday household items. For instance when you are making cereal for the kids do a few curls with the carton or use cans as weights.

Personal Trainer at Home

Instead of going out to get fit why not rent or buy a fitness video, which will then allow you to work out from the comfort of your home.

Fit in the Office

Workdays are full of opportunities to get fit. Instead of taking the elevator rather take the stairs. When you are sitting at your desk do some stretching exercises and also go outside for lunch. There are 8 hours in a work day so you need to make them count. Also exercise at work can help with stress.

 

Having a Healthy Pregnancy

One of the most important times to start taking care of you both physically and emotionally is during pregnancy. Here are some tips that you can follow to give you the best chance of having a healthy pregnancy.

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Having a Healthy Pregnancy

See Your Doctor or Midwife

Once you have found out that you are pregnant you should get in touch with your midwife or GP as soon as possible to organise your antenatal care. By organising your care early on you will receive advice for a healthy pregnancy right from the start as well as have time to organise ultrasound scans and tests.

Eating

You should try to have a balanced and healthy diet when you can and strive to have:

  • Five portions of fruit and veg daily
  • Eat plenty of carbohydrates, but opt for wholegrain instead of white to get more fibre
  • Daily servings of proteins and dairy products
  • Try and have two portions of fish a week. One of these should be an oily fish. Fish contains vitamin D, minerals and omega 3 fatty acids which are vital for your baby’s nervous system.

In the first six months of pregnancy you will not need to have extra calories. In the last three months you will need to add an extra 200 calories a day.

Supplements

Supplements during pregnancy are not a substitute for a healthy diet, but if you think that you are not eating well or are too sick to eat then supplements can help.

The supplement needs to contain 400 micrograms of folic acid as you will need this in when you are trying for a baby and in the first three months of pregnancy. Folic acid helps in reducing the risk of your baby developing a neural tube defect.

The supplement should also contain 10mcg of vitamin D for your babies bone health.

Talk to your GP about pregnancy supplements.

Food Hygiene

There are some foods that are not the safest to eat during pregnancy as they can carry a health risk to your baby.

These foods should be avoided as they may have listeria:

  • All pate
  • Unpasteurized milk
  • Undercooked ready meals
  • Soft and mould ripened cheeses
  • Blue veined cheeses.

Salmonella can cause food poisoning and can get it from:

  • Undercooked poultry
  • Soft boiled and raw egg

Toxoplasmosis is rare but you can cut down on catching it by:

  • Cooking meat and ready meals thoroughly
  • Washing fruit and veg
  • Wear gloves when handling garden soil and cat litter.

Exercise

Mums to be can benefit from regular exercise as you are able to build your strength and endurance which will help you cope better with the extra weight of pregnancy. It will also make it easier for you to get back into shape after your baby is born and lift your spirits.

Exercises that are good for pregnancy are:

  • Swimming
  • Brisk walks
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Aqunatal classes

You should also look at doing pelvic floor exercises to strengthen these muscles as they can become weak during pregnancy and your pelvic floor can slacken. Having strong pelvic floor muscles will help to ward of stress incontinence that is releasing small amounts of urine when you laugh or exercise for instance.

You should aim to do eight pelvic floor squeezes three times a day.

Other things that you can do for a healthy pregnancy, is to stop drinking alcohol, quit smoking and get plenty of rest.

 

 

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