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    Fighting Fatigue

    By Charlotte Gerber     

    Every new mom and even those with active toddlers can understand the battle with fatigue. I remember when I had my first child and I didnít sleep for a year. Well, maybe I slept every once in a while but I felt like a zombie most of the time. As a result I found out a few ways to help me come out ahead in my fight against fatigue.

    The first thing that you should do when you continually feel exhausted is to see your primary care physician. It is surprising that many women donít seek help even when they are completely worn out to the point of exhaustion. Many new moms are told that it is normal to feel tired when you have a new baby. It is not normal, however, to feel exhausted every day, all day. Many health problems mimic general fatigue including depression, thyroid disease, Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Although some of these health issues are uncommon, your physician can run a blood test to help eliminate these as the cause of your fatigue. All of these health problems are treatable but you have to make the first step towards helping yourself.

    Ask your family for help with your children. It may be difficult to ask others to help you out but it can be a lifesaver, literally. If you have been pushed to the point of exhaustion and you find yourself yelling or being very irritable, ask for help. Many unfortunate incidents where children have been injured could have been avoided if the mother had asked for assistance when she was feeling over-taxed. Single moms can find help if they donít have family members to rely on by contacting family agencies in their area. Community centers are a great place to look for assistance; many can even recommend reliable babysitters in your area.

    Exercise can play an important part in your daily routine and general health. It may seem improbable but exercise can actually give you more energy. If you already are following a healthy diet plan, adding exercise to your routine may help you sleep better. Exercise can also reduce your stress level and eliminate those tension headaches that are common when you have little ones. An easy way to exercise is to take your child for a walk in the stroller or ride your bike with your toddler on board. Swimming is also an excellent way to exercise and many swim centers offer classes for babies as well as older children. Children always love picnics so pack up a lunch and walk on over to your local park for some fun in the sun.

    Remember to put your health first when you are caring for small children. It is no fun for the mom or the child when they are tired and irritable all of the time. Eat well, get plenty of rest and remember to ask for help when you need it. Your children will than you for it, even if they only say it with a gurgle or a burp!

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