New Mom? Here are Four Productivity Tips to Keep You Sane

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It’s no secret – being a new mom means starting a new life.

If it’s your first baby, nothing can prepare you for the changes you need to make. Where previously you were alone (or with your spouse), now you have a little human being needing you 24 hours a day. With such a huge and time consuming responsibility, many new mothers get overwhelmed.

They attempt to do too many things at once, thinking they can do the same things like before the baby arrived. If you have a new member of the family and you find yourself running out of time and power, here are four productivity tips for new moms you can use to improve time management.

1 – Admit what you can accomplish in a day

Some women are natural super moms. But most women are just ordinary mortals. Instead of trying to become a super mom yourself and failing, admit to what you can accomplish. When you admit what you can accomplish, you take off the pressure of having to do things you know you don’t have time for. It also frees up your emotions from guilt and makes you productive doing what you can do.

2 – Don’t underestimate the power of planning

If you rarely planned before, now is the time to do it right. Every little advantage you can get goes a long way to help you raise a beautiful and healthy child. Plan ahead and create a schedule for regular household chores and even meal menus. Also plan for details that can save time such as keeping an extra diaper bag in the care for emergencies. But know that things can and often don’t go according to plan, so when that happens stay flexible and adjust to the changes.

3 – Accept other people’s help

New moms are very protective of their baby, and that’s OK. But you don’t have to be protective about the details about taking care of your baby. When other people – such as family members or friends – offer to help, say Yes! You can ask them to help you with the chores you have planned or other simple tasks that don’t involve handling the baby directly. Most people will be glad to help you.

On the opposing side of accepting help, learn to say No! If other people ask for your time or energy for a project or other task, it’s alright to decline. At first, it may feel difficult to say no when someone asks for help, but it reserves your energy and time to attend the baby. Alternatively, you can say yes once you have a working system in place where you can take care of the baby seamlessly.

4 – Simplify the process

Talking about creating a working system, think about simplifying your tasks. Instead of seeing a chore as one big task to do, figure out if it can be broken down into small chores. These small chores should only take a short time so you can finish them when the baby sleeps or other pauses. Once you get the rhythm of your baby, you can adjust chores around that rhythm to streamline the process.

As many parents realize, there is no school for parenting. Even if there is, each baby is a different challenge. These productivity tips for new moms aim to give you a guideline to help you become productive and happy while still taking good care of your baby.

How to Help a Child: Adoption, Foster Care, or Sponsor?

A few months ago was National Adoption Month. There was a lot of action online in blog posts and on social media calling us to learn more and take action to help a child in need. Consider what you can do to help the cause!

There are many different ways to help children in need. As a religious person, I struggle to look away from those suffering on this earth. We are called by God not to ignore those in need. We must take action and help those who are suffering.

What are YOU doing to help our worlds children?

How are you stepping up to help those in need?

It’s saddening to know that not all children are given the same amazing start in life that we are blessed to experience. Did you know that there are many ways to help a child?

Have you ever considered adoption?

I am not saying that if you have not adopted a child you are not doing your part. As a matter of fact, many women don’t adopt children to save them, but instead to become a mother. If you have ever wondered about adoption, at least look into your options.

Perhaps foster care is where you need to be?

So many children in your own community need a stable environment where they can feel safe, cared for and loved. This is not always a feel good task. Please don’t jump into it thinking it will be.

It can be difficult, and perhaps in the thick of it not very rewarding at all. But the rewards don’t hide forever. You can make a difference in a child’s life without adopting them.

Foster care was originally set up to be a safe but temporary place for a child to go while their home situation was returned to a stable environment. I do realize that is not always the case and from there came the foster to adopt programs. But it points out that there are many avenues you could help!

I encourage you to listen to this podcast episode by Jamie Ivey if you are curious at all about fostering. Perhaps listening to these lovely ladies chat about their experiences in a casual environment will open your eyes to what fostering is all about and if it is something you want to pursue further.

What about sponsoring a child?

There is an organization called Compassion Canada and what they can do for children all over this world is a blessing. They have an amazing program where you can have the opportunity to bless a child by sponsoring them and encouraging them through letters.

By doing this you are helping this child be fed, go to school, and get the medical help that they need.

Yes, they will be blessed, but the really cool thing is that you will be blessed too!

You see it’s not just about giving money and then forgetting about this child. It’s about forming a relationship. You get to write back and forth to the children you sponsor, you get to learn about each other, and see that people live differently in different places in our world.

It’s a good chance to learn all about having a giving spirit and how to pray for another person. You can learn to sacrifice your time to think of someone else!

You are caring for someone in need and the results can be spread far and wide from there. I highly encourage you to check out Compassion Canada and become involved in another child’s life.

Perhaps you don’t feel called to take action and sign up, and maybe adoption or foster care isn’t something you feel you need to do.

Have more money than time?

There are so many needs and charities out there and life can become busy in a flash. I urge you to consider donating to one of the below charities as many families need help saving up to be able to adopt.

Abba Canada – This is an amazing program dedicated to helping families waiting to adopt. Your family can receive a grant from them.

Adopt Together – This is a crowd funding site that American’s use to request funds for their adoption. They set up a profile and start fund raising just like that! Scroll to the bottom and any one of the families listed would be thrilled to be blessed through a donation.

What about becoming a prayer warrior?

Your prayers are needed! You can still be a help on this earth just by praying.

Finally, consider volunteering

Try calling up your local agency and asking if they need a volunteer for anything. I am sure they can find something for you to do! Perhaps make a nutritious meal plan for children at orphanages? Or hosting a fundraiser for your agency is your thing?Adoption agencies often have more expenses then they can handle and something like that would be very appreciated.

I hope this list has helped you see that there are so many ways to help children in need. This post was meant to get you thinking and researching. The links shared are of course just the tip of the iceberg. I am sure you can hit up Google or your local church for many more suggestions!

Please consider what YOU can do to help God’s children … that is all.

Concerns About Naturally Getting Pregnant After 40

The average age of pregnancy is higher today than it was in the past. A few decades ago, the average age when a woman gave birth to a child is in her mid-20’s. Nowadays, women are delaying getting married and having children in favor of a career or other life pursuit. As an effect, the average age of giving birth has increased to late-20’s. On top of that, there is a triple increase in the number of women who give birth after reaching 40 years of age.

Giving birth at such age has complications, especially if you are thinking about getting pregnant after 40 naturally without using artificial procedures such as in vitro fertilization or enzyme therapy. The risks involved include:

  • difficulty in conception (caused by the reproductive health of your partner who is also at a mature age)
  • a higher risk of miscarriages (due to your body’s decreasing strength)
  • and other health factors that can become an obstacle in giving a healthy birth

Although there are various issues that can make it difficult, the primary problem when giving birth at a mature age is caused by ovarian cycle issues, according to a study conducted by Dr. D. Navot. He says that if the ovarian cycle is restored to the normal state, then the reproductive organs of a woman in her 40’s is capable of conceiving and carrying a healthy pregnancy to full term.

The ovarian cycle is affected by the hormonal balance. The lifestyle of modern women tend to be not healthy in terms of nutrition, exercise, and stress levels. If the normal balance of hormones important for reproducing is restored then it can help to improve the chances of conceiving and getting pregnant.

One of the major health risks that threaten your hormonal balance is obesity. Obesity is an endemic physical condition that many men and women have. According to research, it is a primary cause of infertility and can also disturb the normal ovarian cycle. Therefore, one of the ways to return your ovarian cycle to a normal state is by maintaining a healthy body weight.

You can maintain a good body weight by eating healthy nutrition and doing exercise. Some of the foods you should increase in your diet include vegetables, especially green vegetables. Vegetables worthy of being on your list are: broccoli, cabbage, spinach, wheat grass, and others.

Wheat grass is considered a super food. Super foods are a good option here because they are rich in nutrition but low in calories and free from harmful chemicals that are found in processed foods. You probably already have super foods stocked in your home but you are unaware of it. Another green vegetable that is a super food is kale which has many nutrients for many health benefits.

For your protein needs, you can eat eggs. Eggs provide amino acids and other micro nutrients that are essential for pregnancy. Getting enough nutrients and protein from these sources helps to strengthen your body by eliminating harmful toxins, preventing damage, and rejuvenating tissues and cells.

Besides a diet, doing exercise is very beneficial for your body’s health. Do the exercise that you can do, whether it is merely for moving your body or shedding excess body weight. The number of exercises you can do is plenty, and one good recommendation is to look at OldSchoolNewBodyBook.net.

On the other side, avoid eating food and drinks that are harmful. It makes sense to avoid drinking soda and other sugar filled and caffeinated drinks and also alcohol. If possible, eliminate all foods that are processed and contain chemicals you can’t even read (although this is difficult to do since processed foods are ubiquitous in today’s world).

When you combine a healthy diet, exercise, and avoid unhealthy habits, you can restore your ovarian cycle to a normal balance and increase your chances of getting pregnant after 40 naturally.