Mums & Dads get your walking shoes on for the Big Pram Walk!
If you are reading this then you have either decided or are thinking about going on the Big Pram Walk in November. Apart from all of the great health benefits, taking part in organised walks are social occasions that usually bring you into contact with people in the same situation as yourself or who have similar interests.
Being a new or even not so new Mum or Dad opens up a different stage in our lives, which involves an enormous learning curve. There is no such thing as a natural born parents. The transition is challenging for all of us…
Having a newborn can be a challenging time and there is no such thing as the perfect mum or dad, or the perfect answer for everyone. There are so many myths when it comes to parenthood, and the best place to gain accurate knowledge is from your general practitioner/obstetrician, midwife or child health nurse. Even though it’s challenging however, remember that on the whole being a new mum should be a positive and rewarding experience, which is different for everyone. If you feel as though you are struggling, tap into the support around you. Talk with your friends and fellow mums and dads and discuss any of your concerns with your GP/ obstetrician, midwife or child health nurse – they are there to help…
There is now a lot of evidence, which confirms that a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy influences not only the health of our new born baby and ourselves as mothers, but the health of our child as they grow. A healthy lifestyle is particularly important in the months after delivery; when we are learning to cope with the sleepless nights, change in routine, looking after our new family addition, and ourselves and our family
Following a healthy lifestyle means paying particular attention to:
- Smoking cessation
- Alcohol intake
- Stress control
We shall focus on each of these in later blogs. In the meantime start planning to take part in the Big Pram Walk – make it a social occasion and organise some of your friends to come along as well.