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I can’t believe my baby is going to be 4 months old next week! I’ve been lucky enough to have been able to stay home with him for 16 weeks before going back to work. During this time I always made sure he was healthy but I had to really take some time out to focus on myself and make sure I was healthy so that I was able to keep him healthy as well.
Before and during my pregnancy I made sure to take my prenatal vitamin everyday. I took Nature Made® Prenatal Multi + DHA which I purchased at Sam’s Club. I like buying my vitamins at Sam’s Club because I can get a bottle that lasts a while and I don’t have to worry about running to the store for another bottle.
I chose Nature Made® Prenatal Multi + DHA because it provides essential vitamins and minerals (before and during pregnancy) including Folic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Iodine, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin D3†. Folic Acid is an important B Vitamin for Women of Childbearing Age and Pregnant Women and plays a critical role in the proper development of the baby’s nervous system.† Even now that I’ve had my baby I’m continuing to take Nature Made® Prenatal Multi + DHA because it still has all the vitamins and minerals I need to keep myself healthy. I made sure to buy 2 bottles on my most recent trip to Sam’s Club so I wouldn’t forget to buy more!
Another way to make sure I was staying healthy was to get some sleep. This was hard the first 6 weeks after giving birth but my husband and I worked together to make sure we each got enough sleep to function everyday. When one of us was exhausted the other would get up during the night and feed the baby or would take the baby for a ride so the other one could nap. Working together helped keep all 3 of us healthy.
Another thing I did to make sure that I was staying healthy was to eat breakfast every morning. During the first few weeks after giving birth I would forget to eat and then wonder why I was so cranky. Now I make sure I have a healthy and filling breakfast everyday. One of my favorite healthy breakfast items is Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats.
I love these overnight oats because I can make several jars of them on the weekend and put them in the refrigerator. Then I just take them out throughout the week and eat them when I have a minute. You can enjoy them cold out of the refrigerator or warm them up in the microwave. The apples add additional flavor and nutrition to this tasty breakfast.
Another thing I love about Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats is that I can simply put my prenatal vitamin on the spoon with some of these oats and the easy-to-swallow softgel goes right down. It’s now a part of my regular breakfast routine! I like to have a cup of coffee, my overnight oats, and my Nature Made® Prenatal Multi + DHA.
Plus I’ve found that when I’m full and feeling good it’s easier for me to keep my baby happy and healthy too. Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats can also help with the production of breast milk because of the oats in them. As an added bonus I can eat them one handed while I’m feeding baby J so we can have our breakfast together which he really seems to enjoy!
- ⅓ c. quick oats
- ⅓ c. milk
- ⅓ c. vanilla or plain yogurt
- 1 T. honey
- ½ t. cinnamon
- ¼ t. nutmeg
- ½ t. salt.
- 1 apple, cored and diced
- 2 T. walnuts, chopped
- In a half pint jar combine the oats, milk, yogurt, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Place the lid on and shake well.
- Open the lid and add apples and walnuts.
- Place the lid back on and refrigerate at least 8 hours.
- Open the lid and enjoy cold or remove lid and microwave 45 second to eat it hot.
- *You can make multiple jars and keep them in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.*
I’ve shared how I kept healthy with Baby J but now I want to know what do you do to keep yourself and your baby healthy during the first few months after birth?
†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.