Moms are busy bees. From taking care of your children to working, driving, and doing household chores, moms never fail to impress. Because of these unending duties and responsibilities, however, a mom’s health can become compromised.
To help you cope with various health issues related to motherhood, here is a list of common body ailments with tips on their prevention and management.
Headaches are a common complaint, especially when one is under a lot of stress. With a lot of things to think and worry about, moms are especially vulnerable to headaches. Skipping a meal, being dehydrated, not getting enough sleep, and frequent exhaustion can also lead to a headache.
How to keep headaches at bay:
Get some rest. Headaches usually develop when you overwork yourself. Take a 5-10 minute break when doing household chores. Relax your head and neck by tilting them back as you sit on a chair.
Eat on time. Moms often skip meals because of their hectic daily schedules. Missing a meal can make your blood glucose levels drop, leading to a hypoglycemic condition with a headache as one of the symptoms. When a headache strikes, eat headache-soothing foods such as brown rice, vegetables, and citrus fruits.
Avoid the triggers. Experiencing several headache episodes can give you a hint on what can provoke it. If it gets triggered by a lack of sleep, do measures that can ensure you a quality sleep. Do you consume too much alcohol? Lower your intake. Drinking seven times per week is already considered heavy drinking.
Moms do plenty of activities that involve their back such as cradling their baby, doing the laundry, cleaning up, lifting heavy appliances, and pulling out the weeds. Repetitively doing these tasks in awkward positions and skipping out on rest can strain the back.
While back pain is generally not life-threatening, it can be debilitating and emotionally distressing.
How to make your back feel better:
Correct your posture. While others feel that slouching helps to relieve the pain on their back, it is just temporary. Having a bad posture can affect the alignment of your spine and constrict your blood vessels and nerves, resulting in back pain. Always observe proper body mechanics when lifting objects.
Stretch your back. Some activities may require you to bend your back for a prolonged period such as doing desk work, sweeping the floor, and playing with your kids. Do some basic stretches from time to time to ease the tension and stress in your back.
Try TENS therapy. TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation wherein a low-voltage current is used to relieve pain. A portable TENS device is customizable for different areas of the body, not just the back. It relieves pain by preventing your brain from interpreting pain stimuli and stimulates your body to produce endorphins, your natural pain-killers.
An upset stomach does not only occur in children. You can also experience that painful and queasy feeling in the stomach if you skip meals quite often, eat all of your kids’ leftovers, or when you indulge in unhealthy snacking.
If you don’t watch what you eat, having a stomach upset can lead to a variety of other health issues such as unhealthy weight gain or loss, chest pain, and shortness of breath.
How to prevent having a stomach upset:
Don’t skip meals. You always prepare meals for your family, especially your kids but don’t forget to have some yourself. To avoid skipping meals, eat together with your family.
Resort to healthy snacking. Taking care of the kids and doing house chores use up a lot of energy. This can make you resort to candies and cookies. Instead of these sugary treats, try eating healthy snacks such as nuts, carrots, cucumber sticks, hummus, whole grain chips, and fresh fruit.
Stay hydrated. Make sure you are drinking at least 8 full glasses of water a day. This not only keeps you hydrated, but aids digestion and contributes to your alertness.
Remember that when taking care of your family, you should include your own health in the equation.