Health & Wellness

Parent Edition | 11th Annual | 2014

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40 K ate Kripke, LCSW, a provider at The Postpartum Wellness Center of Boulder, says many new moms neglect their personal health and wellness to care for others, a tendency that adversely affects the entire family. "When a new mom's needs are pushed down the line, she has less to give. She's less able to be patient, present and resilient." Finding 'me time' doesn't require dras - tic measures, just a change in perspective. "You don't have to rearrange your life to practice mindfulness and take breaks. It's about your intention," Kripke says. "If The Power of Me Time by Maribeth Neelis P r e n a t a l , y o u w e r e a p i l l a r o f health—shunning certain sushi, gulping fruit smoothies, relaxing into yoga poses. Then your baby arrived, and self-care seemed a little, well, selfish.

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