With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to reflect on just how special motherhood is. Pregnancy transforms our bodies and minds in amazing ways, and it’s important to understand the intricacies that go along with childbirth so that you can know what to expect pre and post-birth. Here are some interesting ways that pregnancy might affect you, and some of our recommendations on how you can adjust your life to help stay happy and healthy.
The Real Baby Brain
Many pregnant women experience the fogginess of “baby brain” that causes forgetfulness and difficulty concentrating. Scientists have looked into this phenomenon and actually found that this is caused by a shift towards using the right brain more in order to prepare to emotionally bond with your baby. On the flip side, after pregnancy mother’s brains actually grow larger, increasing their ability to reason and plan. Their sense of motivation also increases in order to better care for their child’s needs.
Keep your mind sharp and learn more about motherhood instincts by taking a trip to the Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center to experience “Mother’s Day with the Wolves“. What better way to stimulate your senses than to learn about conservation efforts while witnessing some of Colorado’s most majestic animals.
A Shift Towards Health
One of the highest factors in obesity in women is not losing their postpartum baby weight. Not only does this increase chances for obesity, but it also puts women at risk for heart disease and these factors only increase with each birth. This huge change in the body causes many new moms to re-evaluate their health. Some find the ability to quit smoking much easier, while others pick up a new health kick that they might not have tried before.
Kick It Up in High Gear
Join forces with other moms as they celebrate Global Women’s Cycling Day with Cyclofemme Ride. Bike ride 5 miles north towards Pike Peak Greenway to North Monument Valley Park and finish the day off with Mother Brunch at Oskar Blues.
Baby Blues Are More Common Than You Think
Did you know that up to 80% of new moms experience baby blues and around 10-20% suffer from postpartum depression? Causes can range from a drop in hormones, feelings of loss, exhaustion from giving birth, or insecurities about your post-baby body. If your baby blues are lasting longer than a week or two, be sure to check in with your doctor to make sure you’re not suffering from postpartum depression.
Fight the Blues
At Colorado’s Garden of the Gods Collection, they’ve partnered with The Spa and International Health & Wellness Center to curate the Strong As A Mother Package, which seeks to pamper pre, post, and currently pregnant women. One of the experiences they offer is a One-Hour Mindful Session & Energy Work, where you’ll learn to identify any anxieties you may have and tap into your inner strength to find peace during your pregnancy.