What are health tips for new moms?


If you’ve just had a baby, congratulations! As a new mom, you’re likely noticing some changes to your body and mind.

Gynecologist Shari Lawson at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center says don’t compare yourself to celebrities who seem to regain their pre-pregnancy look overnight—they have help from personal trainers and chefs. Instead, be realistic about working off weight.

As you get back into your eating and exercise routine, keep in mind that breastfeeding burns extra calories. Adding some core exercises, including those all-important Kegels, will help you regain strength and tone.

To keep stress under control, Lawson recommends asking for—and accepting—help from family and friends. Being gentle and patient with yourself will reduce stress and add to the joys of new motherhood.

For more details, check out What Really Helps You Bounce Back After Pregnancy.