As moms, we tend to focus on everyone else’s needs except for our own. It’s just a natural instinct. All too often moms come to see me because their body begins to shut down and essentially “betray” them. “I have no energy.” “I can’t focus.” “I have to write everything down!” “I can’t seem to lose this last bit of baby weight!” “My hair is falling out!” “I need a cup of coffee at 3pm in order to finish the day.” Motherhood is truly an honor. But oftentimes it can leave us feeling exhausted and frustrated. In this article, I will go over four tips to gain your motherhood mojo back!
#1 Optimize Sleep Quality
“Yeah, right! I have a newborn and a toddler! What is sleep?!” Even if you are not able to get a solid night’s sleep, the quality of your sleep really matters. The most common causes of poor sleep quality are magnesium deficiency, food sensitivities, gut inflammation and adrenal fatigue. Addressing these by supplementing with magnesium, removing food triggers, and treating gut infections can make a world of difference in terms of sleep quality.
#2 Assess Digestion
You can have the cleanest diet in the world, but if you are not properly absorbing nutrients, you will still feel terribly unwell. Women can eat impeccably, but still feel frustrated because they continue to suffer from headaches, joint pain, brain fog, fatigue, etc. A comprehensive stool test would be very helpful in pinpointing the issue. With this information, you can decide if addressing gut microbes would be beneficial to get you back on track.
#3 Hormones & Toxicity
If the body is unable to get rid of toxic estrogen byproducts, then symptoms of weight gain, fatigue, mood imbalance, etc., will result. One way to help support hormone levels is to dispose of any beauty or household items that contain hormone disrupting chemicals like phthalates and parabens. EWG.org is a great resource for identifying toxic household products and clean alternatives.
#4 Address Stress & Adrenals
Chronic stress is detrimental to our immune system and hormone levels. When cortisol levels are chronically high, it affects our blood sugar, blood pressure and anxiety levels, as well as our sleep patterns. Assessing vitamin D levels is essential to optimizing immune function. Taking time for ourselves is imperative to reduce stress and optimize adrenal function.
About the Author:
Sarah Campbell is a Physician Assistant who practices Functional Medicine in Waco, TX. She is also the creator of the Mom Brain Makeover program. She specializes in helping adults and children address the root cause of symptoms and chronic illness. To find out more about her practice and programs, visit www.sarahcampbellpa.com.
* This does not constitute medical advice. Consult with your healthcare provider for your health concerns.