Nutrition and overall health are just as important, according to Nancy Williamson, a registered nurse and health coach, and Angel Woolever, a registered dietitian, at Logansport Memorial Hospital.
When setting up group classes for the new moms, Woolever and Williamson considered several ideas.
“We kind of took a look at the fact there are several things woman are concerned about and went from there,” Williamson said.
So far, the women have talked about nutrition and even how to deal with stress.
“Having children is stressful,” said Williamson. “It’s about how you handle it, though.”
Williamson said 50 to 80 percent of money spent on health care issues was related to stress.
While stress cannot be prevented, she said, some stressors can be eliminated, allowing the moms to learn to live with the rest in a constructive way.
The last two group nutrition classes will include a grocery store tour, which will teach the participants how to shop for healthy foods on a budget, and a woman’s health makeover.
“Women’s health in general tends to fall last on the list,” said Williamson. “We take care of the kids, the husband and as moms, we usually fall into the last category — or don’t even make it on the list.”
Another topic was portion distortion, which explained how portions have changed over the last 20 years. Williamson said the size of everything has doubled and there has been a large change in calorie intake.
A lot of people don’t actually measure serving sizes, Williamson said, and thus don’t realize how much they are taking in.
According to Woolever, the mothers were also given information to assess how many calories they are taking in and how many they should be eating daily. They were also advised how much to eat from each food group.