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How Being a Mom Improves Your Health

5 Ways Being a Mom Makes You Healthier

Just because you had a baby (or two, or three), it doesn't mean your health and body automatically get pushed aside. There are many ways being a mother can actually improve how you take care of yourself, and here are just a few.

  1. While prego, you change how you think about eating. It's no longer just about taste but about nourishing your growing baby. You think twice about skipping meals or eating cold pizza for breakfast. And if you're nursing, you want to eat healthy because whatever you eat passes into your breast milk.
  2. After the baby is born, you exercise regularly to lose the baby weight, but all that working out also strengthens your muscles and immune system, makes your heart healthy, and helps you sleep better.
  3. As a mom, you want to set a good example for your kids to live a healthy lifestyle. If they see you eating your broccoli and heading out for bike rides, they're more likely to grow up embracing the same healthy ways. Although the main reason you strive to be a positive role model is for the benefit of your kiddos, it ultimately helps you become healthier, too.
  4. Outdoor time is essential for your kids, not only for the fresh air, but also for the change of scenery and the opportunity to get all their energy out. It encourages you to get outside, too, to go for walks, to pop them in their jogging stroller, to take family bike rides, or to just run around and play with them.
  5. You love being a mom and watching your kids grow up. Since you want to be strong, healthy, and have enough energy to care for your children in the best way possible — and you also want to be around until they have kids of their own— you're inspired to take better care of yourself. Becoming a mom might help you quit smoking, get serious about losing weight, have your cholesterol checked, or even start training for a marathon.

How has being a mom made you a healthier person?

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Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Kim, I also think it's refreshing to see a positive attitude toward motherhood and health for once. If only more moms would get rid of the archaic idea that a woman a bad mother if her children aren't constantly her number one priority! I think being healthy is more of a challenge with children, but once you get into healthy patterns like the one above, it's VERY easy to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Kim-Foster-MD Kim-Foster-MD 5 years
I don't know, I must say that being a mother makes it a real challenge to keep a healthy lifestyle--I've certainly found this myself! And recent studies back this up--moms eat more, snack on less healthy options, and exercise less. We also weigh more, on average, than women the same age without children. Not good, people. But, you know, I like the optimistic attitude of this post! It would be bad to just give up and cite the motherhood thing as a 'get out of jail free' card, and not even try. We can't give in! I did a post on this stuff yesterday, actually, with ideas on how to squeeze exercise into your life as a mom. (Healthy Mommy: How To Exercise When You Barely Have Enough Time To Brush Your Teeth )
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