We encourage moms to make their health a priority and take simple steps to live a safer and healthier life. While being a mother means caring for others, here are a few things moms can do to take care of themselves. Moms of every age can take steps to live a safer and healthier life.
Healthy diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.
Fruits and vegetables also provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health.
Most fruits and vegetables are filling and naturally low in fat and calories.
Limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol.
Add physical activity to your life; it’s one of the most important things you can do for your health.
There are many benefits to physical activity. It can help:
Control your weight
Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
Reduce your risk of some cancers
Strengthen your bones and muscles
Improve your mental health and mood
Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you’re an older adult
Increase your chances of living longer. There are a lot of ways to get the physical activity you need. Walk, run, dance, bike, swim, garden, or do anything else that will help you get the recommended minimum 2½ hours of moderate physical activity each week.
Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. How you feel and perform during the day is related to how much sleep you got the night before.
Stress can be beneficial by helping you develop skills to cope with and adapt to new and potentially threatening situations throughout life. However, the beneficial aspects diminish when the stress is severe enough to overwhelm your ability to take care of yourself and your family.
Many women experience depression, including pregnant women, postpartum women, and women who are not pregnant. Depression is common. If you are worried about the way you have been feeling, it is important to tell a doctor or nurse about your concerns. If you are thinking about harming yourself or know someone who is, tell someone who can help immediately.