Veravia Provides Parents With Tips For Balancing Health And A New Baby

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) March 26, 2014

A recent 7,000-person study conducted by BabyCenter.com[1] found that 61% of new mothers expect to return to their pre-pregnancy weight before their childs first birthday. For many parents, finding the time and energy to maintain a healthy lifestyle after the birth of a baby can be a daunting challenge. San Diego health and fitness retreat VeraVia has released a list of tips for new parents to promote their overall health.

Babies take up lots of time and mental and emotional energy, explains VeraVia Vice President and Co-founder Melissa Chapman. However, its critical to take the time to care for yourself because feeling good enables you to be a better parent.

Here are VeraVias suggestions to help new parents balance their health and the demands that come with a new baby.

Eat Well New parents more easily fall out of the habit of eating at regular mealtimes. Many people are prone to grabbing the closest snack or simply order the fastest takeout, given their new baby-centric schedule, but this can wreak havoc on ones health and fitness goals.

Parents who are strapped for time can prepare weekly lunches and dinners in a Crock Pot. After a little chopping and the press of a button, the slow cooker does all the work; plus, stews are also quick and easy to reheat on the stove later.

Fresh salads are a surefire way for new parents to make sure that they are maintaining their healthy eating habits. Set aside some time to pre-wash all the veggies in your fridge so when youre throwing together a hearty salad for lunch or dinner, it doesnt become a time drain, suggests Chapman. Additionally, fresh juices are another great way to get ones daily fruit and veggie intake.

Above all, VeraVia recommends that parents opt for quality foods. Making the effort to eat fresh and green will keep ones energy up and will be worth it in the long run.

Exercise When caring for an infant, new parents might feel like the simple act of parenting is so exhausting that there is no time for additional exercise. But keeping ones body fit will also help keep the mind sharp.

Remember to take it easy and not push yourself too hard, physically, says Chapman. Your journey back to your pre-baby body is not going to happen overnight. Instead, love and respect yourself while steadily working to improve your health. Dont over-extend yourself, especially if youve had a cesarean section. VeraVia suggests that new parents ramp up to a full workout slowly, doing only what feels right for each person. It is important to avoid injuries, since a new parent is in no position to be confined to bed rest. Those who are unsure of their best workout plan should consult with a personal trainer who can help set reasonable expectations and an actionable plan to achieve fitness goals.

Sleep A new parents windows for sleep are few and far between, so parents should try to get as much sleep as possible. If youre exercising regularly and avoiding over-caffeinating, you should be able to sleep soundly when you are able to catch some shuteye, says Chapman.

Mental health This is the most critical to a new parents overall health. While a new baby is a joy, it can also be emotionally overwhelming for many parents. Parents should not be afraid to indulge in a little Me-time. Some examples include: a hot bath, watching a favorite TV show uninterrupted, taking a quiet walk, journaling, or reading a book in an undisturbed part of the house.

Be sure to take advantage of quality adult time when the opportunity arises. Many new parents lock themselves away with their baby and dont realize that they truly miss adult conversation and mental stimulation, continues Chapman.

New parents can easily become consumed by their role as a father or mother. But nurturing oneself, mentally, physically, and spiritually will help to become the best parent possible and set an early positive example for ones growing family.


  1. ^ study conducted by BabyCenter.com (www.babycenter.com)

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    What Are Some Health Tips? Or healthy habits/things to do?

    example: exercise, drinking lots of water….etc.

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      Health tips…hmmm….
      never pet a rattle snake o.O’

      lol ^^

      im not really a health nut, but i guess to key words would be “discipline” and “balance”
      imply both of these factors to eating and exercising, and you’ll be fine ^^ .

      though..as i said..though i try to keep fit to a certain extent…im no health fanatic :p. so..perhaps my words isnt the best…

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    Where To Get Health Fitness Tips? Hello friends let me know where you can get health fitness tips. I have recently read blog related health and fitness and I found it helpful. I am looking for more same king of blog which I have read before. Please you may take a review and suggest me more. Thanks!

    Blog: healthfitnesstipszone.blogspot.com

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      Health and fitness centers are more in numbers where you can be trained to keep up your good health in good way. Inspite of visiting the Gym or health and fitness centers many a time, people are not able to maintain good health. Therefore one should maintain their daily diet along with the good exercise, by doing this you can maintain good health.

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    What Are Some Good Health/fitness Tips? Im a fourteen years old and i been trying to lose weight for a month and only loss two pounds and i want to lose a lot of weight before the summer ends (seven weeks)

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      TIP 1. Study.
      Your body has no choice but to follow your brain. So, you should feed your brain a steady diet of good information if you want to be all you can be. It’s YOUR body and it has to last a lifetime so it’s worth the investment. Don’t ask questions of random strangers with no credibility in this or other online forums. Use high quality resources for information instead. The basic principles of health, fitness, and nutrition are not that difficult or hard to understand.

      Avoid the internet unless you’re using trusted sites in dot gov or dot edu domains. The dot coms are usually driven by profit motive and you’ll find bad information in most websties including WebMD, Livestrong, Bobybuilding.com, etc. and especially in this forum and others like it. And, avoid magazine and other cheap commercial informational products about fitness, glamour, muscle building, fashion and fads. Don’t be part of the “herd” unless you want to look, feel, and perform like the “herd”.

      Use books, especially late edition text books on subjects such as nutrition, anatomy, kinesiology, and physiology…especially exercise physiology. You can find excellent information resources at your local public or Uni library or for sale cheap online at Amazon.com and Ebay.com.

      Always follow the science. Use critical thinking. Be skeptical and do not believe anything without cross checking it with trusted sources. Grow your personal knowledge base and everything else will follow with relative ease.

      You have one body and it has to last a lifetime. It’s worth the investment to learn how to care for it properly.

      TIP 2. Don’t micromanage
      Your body is a work in progress. You won’t have your adult body for almost a decade. Don’t try to make changes which may go against nature while nature is developing you physically. Sure, everyone wants to be svelte and fit and so should you. However, you don’t want to try to lose fat, for example, when your body is trying to build muscle unless you are very much over weight. Trying to reduce body fat to 15%, for example, can inhibit the growth of muscle and important tissues. You at the age where eating disorders begin to manifest themselves so avoid obsessing about food, fat, and body image.

      TIP 3. Eat a good and proper diet
      This is easy said than done. Learn to read and understand food labels, count calories, manage macro nutrient ratios, etc. You are what you eat and your long term health and well being are very much dependent on your ability to eat properly for now and the rest of your life.

      TIP 4. Exercise
      Exercise does not have to be work. It can be dancing or walking or swimming or anything that involve low risk, a wider variety of motions and muscle contractions, and elevates your heart rate to 80% of max where max is 230 – your age and sustains it at that level for 20 minutes several times a week. And, build muscle too. Only muscle offers all of the following.
      • Stronger bones & increased mineral density (osteoporosis protection)
      • Stronger body & musculature (improved protection from injury)
      • More robust organic and systemic fitness (more survivable in crisis)
      • Improved cardio-vascular function (better than “cardio”)
      • Higher basal metabolic rate (~5-50 cal/day/pound of muscle)
      • Easier fat loss (more efficient lipid consumption)
      • Greater calorie consumption (prolonged afterburn)
      • Supports body sculpting (hypertrophy)
      • Slows natural loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia) over age 30
      • Minimal wear & tear (low risk)
      It only take a couple of hours of hard work to build strength.

      TIP 5. Be happy
      Manage your stress. Keep your reactions in proper proportion, your negative emotions in check, and don’t be a drama queen. Do those things which bring you happiness.

      TIP 6. Use this website.
      Be sure to bookmark it and use it. It’s been recommended by the people your doctor listens to, US National Institute of Health, and has tons of information about your growing and changing body. –> http://teenshealth.org/teen/

      Good luck and good health!!

      PS: Here are some good websites you may find useful.
      • A MUST FOR DIETERS http://www.freedieting.com/
      • BEST DIET TOOL ON THE WEB http://www.myfitnesspal.com/
      • BEST FOODS FOR YOU http://www.choosemyplate.gov/index.html
      • NUTRITION DOT GOV http://www.nal.usda.gov/food-and-nutrition

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    Tips For Shopping For Health Insurance?? I have no clue about shopping for health insurance but i just go married so they kicked me off of my mom’s… any advice would be greatly appreciated!!! I’m gonna need something with maternity and dental anyone have any good policies or companies you recommend?

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      The best way to attain health insurance is through employment.Buying individual health policies are not only expensive but they also have limitations that larger groups don’t have.Blue Cross Blue Shield has an open enrollment every year for individual policies but the deductible is extremely high around $2500-$3000 yearly.If you buy insurance through an employer they not only pay half the premium the yearly deductible is a lot lower $250-$500 yearly.There are allot of companies out there that say they offer health insurance but it falls short of adequate coverage.The true tell tale to any policy is its exclusions.You should always read the exclusions before buying any insurance product.There are a few companies that underwrite true major medical policies.Blue Cross Blue Shield,Aetna and United Health Care are Three of the largest most reputable insurers.Make certain for the coverage you are looking for you are buying a Major Medical Policy and not anything else.Do not fall for Aflac or an accident plan as Medical.Do not fall for the Hospital Indemnity plan either.If you look at the three companies I mentioned you should find what you need at a premium of course.

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