13 Tips For New Dads For a Healthy Lifestyle

13 Tips For New Dads For a Healthy Lifestyle

It isn’t just the woman who gets pregnant, it’s the couple who does. It is true that her body goes through a transformation and she faces immense physical and mental stress, but the father also experiences emotions of different kinds. In fact, his life completely changes as soon as the child is born. His responsibilities increase manifold both at home and work, and there is hardly any time left to him.

I once spoke to a dad who said he gained 8 kgs weight within 3 months of becoming a father. He also mentioned that it wasn’t a surprising thing as many of his friends went through a similar thing. When a baby is born, the focus of the entire family shifts to the baby and also to the mom. Lack of sleep and unhealthy dietary patterns lead to weight gain, weight loss, anxiety etc.

The following tips help new fathers enjoy the most wonderful phase of parenthood without falling into an unhealthy lifestyle:

#1. Take a few days off

Most of the companies provide paternity leaves to new dads but even if they don’t, use your other leaves. Not only you will have it easier, you will also get to spend some precious moments with your baby and your partner.
A significant percentage of men who are entitled to paternity leaves do not avail them. There isn’t a more opportune time to use these leaves than with your newborn.

#2. Don’t take on more work than you can handle

Hannah Chow-Johnson, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, says “Don’t try to do it all. Don’t try to keep the house perfect, and don’t be afraid to say no to visitors who want to see your newborn — it takes time to adjust.”

Watch this video which explains about Postpartum Depression

#3. Eat healthier options

Fathers tend to eat a lot of junk or packaged food because of the hectic schedule and the stress but one should rather go for healthier, home-cooked options like nuts, eggs, veggies, yogurt and fruits, and hydrate yourself regularly. Eating well helps keep your energy levels high.

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#4. Connect with other parents

“It was quite difficult for me in the beginning as I didn’t know what was happening or what was I supposed to do. Interacting with friends, family members and co-workers really helped me get a grip,” says Rahul Kapoor, an advertising professional. It is natural to feel nervous and less confident as a father to a first born. Learn from the experiences of those who’ve been down that road, and share yours too. Joining a community or group can help exchange ideas, anecdotes or parenting tips.

#5. Move

Take every opportunity to move around. Ditch the lift and walk to the nearby store to fetch groceries. You can also take your baby along.
Also, do simple exercises at home. Even better, do the household chores or play with your child.

#6. Say no to drinking and smoking

Although you might be tempted, at several occasions, stay away from alcohol and cigarettes. Try to restrict your caffeine consumption for better sleep quality.

#7. Unplug

Turn off the internet on your phone and disconnect for a while for a few hours. You will be surprised at how much more time you have.

#8. Skin to skin touch with your baby

Skin to skin contact with your little one is magical and there isn’t a better way to connect to your baby. It will not only build your child’s trust with you and enhance growth but also make you feel rejuvenated and free of anxiety. Hold your child as much as you can. Massage your little one with baby oil and gift yourself this amazing experience. A win-win situation for all.

#9. Spend time with your spouse

When you get a chance, catch up on some quality time together at home. Watch a movie, indulge in some fancy food or simply talk to each other.

#10. Me time, please

Sometimes it is important to take time out for yourself in order to feel refreshed and recharged. Go Out for a walk, take deep breaths, watch your favourite TV show.
You can also maintain a journal and use this time to write your thoughts about this new adventure.

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#11. Pamper yourself

Don’t hesitate to pamper yourself once in a while. Hit the salon and get a hairdo or go for a head massage. You totally deserve that.

#12. Ask for help

Newborn babies require round-the-clock attention and it is only natural to feel overwhelmed. Don’t hesitate to ask for help from family, friends, coworkers and neighbours. A sound support system can really make your life easier.

#13. Patience

Last but not the least, keep your cool, stay calm and you’ll sail through this. Parenthood gets tough but you signed up for that. Live these wonderful moments and leave the stress aside.

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