Parenthood is a challenge: throw in a hefty battle with weight and it becomes all the more difficult. If you tuned into Part I of our #ParenthoodProblem series, we’ve got the deets on a few more habits that make weight gain a big problem for new and expert parents alike. Plus, we’ve got the lowdown on what you can do to fix the weight gain causes parents face – for good.
Weight Gain Causes Parents Face Include…
3. You’re stressed, depressed, or otherwise not feeling like yourself.
Parenthood is hard, period. Whether you’re a new mom or a seasoned pro, parenthood is not for sissies.
Kids take it out of you, physically and emotionally, which is one of the weight gain causes parents struggle with.
Add in the stressors of life outside of parenthood, and the hormonal changes that come with pregnancy and age, and it’s easy to find yourself in a body that doesn’t feel like yours, with a personality that you never would have expected from yourself.
Stress, depression, and other emotional changes are a common part of the parenting experience, ones that most people assume will never happen to them.
If you’re not feeling like yourself, first and foremost: forgive yourself. You’re likely in a period of life and are struggling to find yourself in the midst of your new role.
If you feel that your emotional state may be related to poor coping or depression, seek the help of a psychologist.
While there’s a large stigma associated with doing so, being able to talk about your stressors and challenges in a nonjudgmental atmosphere can be incredibly cathartic and affirming.
If you feel that your depression or stress is related to your weight, contact a nutritionist, or make an appointment with a physician for a referral.
Contacting the right professionals and getting a team on board will help you start feeling your best- and more importantly, living your best life- as quickly as possible.
4. You’re relying on friends for diet and health advice.
We get it: friends give a real-world sense of appeal that doctors and nutritionists can’t, but listening to your friends can be one of the weight gain causes parents fall victim to.
When you’re at home on the couch with your three year old watching the same episode of Paw Patrol on repeat, it’s easy to let social media become “fact”, and the lure of facebook friends posting on social media about their weight loss and fad diets can be strong.
With the weight gain that tends to settle in after having kids, it’s only natural to look for “easy” solutions.
However, remember that reading something on social media or following a slew of health bloggers and youtubers does not make something a fact, and it doesn’t make the friend (or youtuber) posting it a health professional.
It’s always great to have a nutrition and fitness friendly foodie as a facebook or IRL friend, but remember that their advice isn’t nearly as accurate as the advice given by physicians, nutritionists, and physiologists.
Don’t fall into the trap of following a friend blindly down the diet rabbit hole: do your research and vet information from qualified resources. The Mayo Clinic, Medscape, and WebMD are all good media-based options.