As a new mom, you don’t have much time for self-care. You are frazzled, up late, drinking coffee all day just to stay awake, and feeling so drained. You are trying to care for an infant’s needs virtually 24/7, and if there are other siblings at home, you need to care for them as well. You know the poster of the mom with wild bed hair and the two toddlers pulling on her legs, with a crying baby in her arms? I know the feeling. The chaos can be overwhelming! It can be so challenging to even leave the house.
One thing offered me solace. After my first baby was born, I found a group for Fitness and Wellness, called Fit4Mom. It encouraged me to begin making time for my own self-care. First, I had to actually get out of bed in the morning. As a new mom who had been up all hours of the night, I had to quickly (albeit sometimes zombie-like) get dressed, feed baby, and eat something. I would strap baby in the carseat, throw the stroller in the back, and rush to the park. My stress began to subside quickly as I pulled up to the meeting place, stepped out of the car, and took a deep breath of fresh air. The classes took place in a beautiful park setting, and I felt so relieved to be out of the house!
I would take my 6 month old baby girl out of the car, and strap her in the stroller. She would smile, and look up at me, with her sweet wide baby grin. I would push her over to the group and immediately be greeted by other moms with their babies and toddlers in tow. I instantly felt a connection. The other moms were busy and tired too, and their infants were smiling, laughing, and crying. This is it, I thought, this is the right place for us.
The Fit4Mom instructor would begin the class session, we would warm up, do our cardio, and strength training. As we pushed our strollers around the park, we would laugh and sing songs, and play games with our babies, while getting in a fabulous workout. I remember my daughter smiling as I tickled her after singing “5 monkeys” all while doing squats, leg lifts, and dropping to the floor to do burpees! I remembered thinking, this is genius. Exercising and singing all while baby is entertained (and strapped into the stroller). Finally a chance to get out, exercise, gain support, and engage my kid!
The exercise was so incredibly important for my own self-care as a new parent. As was finding a supportive community of local moms in the area. During the lonely days of new motherhood while I often stayed at home with baby while my husband worked, and worked long days on the weekends myself, I often didn’t feel I had enough support. It was the group at Fit4Mom that allowed me to feel connected, pushed me to take better care of myself, and gave me something to look forward to each week.
*Fit4Mom provides a variety of programs for Fitness and Wellness. They offer Stroller classes, HIIT classes, Run Club, Body Well program, Fit4Baby, Body Boost, and Stroller Barre classes. In addition, they have amazing fitness instructors, and offer play groups and opportunities for community connection. Find their links to services, below.
Fit4Mom Folsom Lake: Owned and operated by Kim Distefano, Certified Personal Trainer, and certified in natural health and holistic nutrition. https://folsomlake.fit4mom.com/
Fit4Mom Placer: Owned and operated by Shannon Smith, Certified Birth and Postpartum doula. https://placer.fit4mom.com/
Join me for a special workshop with Fit4Mom on October 9, 2020, at El Dorado Community Park @ 10:30 am. We will be talking about postpartum self-care and wellness. See you there!