The International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching defines the role of a health coach as, “a partner with clients seeking self-directed, lasting changes, aligned with their values, which promote health and wellness and, thereby, enhance well-being. In the course of their work, health and wellness coaches display unconditional positive regard for their clients and a belief in their capacity for change, and honoring that each client is an expert on his or her life, while ensuring that all interactions are respectful and non-judgemental”.
I believe that all new moms can benefit from working with a wellness coach. They are in a stage of life that can feel very isolating and confusing. They may be unsure what a safe movement looks like for them. Or they may not know what they should be eating while breastfeeding. Further, they are now responsible for a human being and that can lead them to forget about taking care of themselves. My program allows new moms to get the support they need in a way that works with their new lifestyle. Through coaching, new moms will learn the skills they need to build good habits and feel empowered to take control over their health and wellness. To better understand what new moms can expect from wellness coaching, below is a deeper explanation of Wellness Coaching.
Structured support and guidance free of judgment
For new moms, the amount of services directed toward their own health and well-being get smaller in size once they’ve given birth. The experience of the mother is often secondary to the infant. This can be isolating for many women. In this new stage of her life, she is experiencing fewer nights of restful sleep, changes in her mood, less time to focus on her interests and desires and a body that is unfamiliar to her. A coach will acknowledge that this a hard and challenging time in her life; not brush it aside as a normal part of becoming a new mom.
More than just the number on the scale
So often, women are filled with messages that they need to get back to their “pre-baby body”. This notion can leave a new mom with feelings of inadequacy when she compares herself to other women. The reality is that her body has changed - she had a baby! Coaching will help her recognize her unrealistic expectations and instead encourage her to take the time to build her strength back in a safe and functional way.
An opportunity to learn the skills needed to be her best self
With the structured support of a coach, she’ll develop a plan that will help her get where she wants to be. Week by week, she’ll work towards short-term goals that will ultimately lead her to achieving her more long-term goal. In partnership with her coach, she will work on any challenges that come up and explore strategies to overcome those challenges the next time. By focusing on her strengths and what is already working in her life, she’ll build the confidence and the self-efficacy to hone her wellness and be her best self.
"Is one-on-one coaching right for me?"
Maybe some of these questions apply to you:
- Are you feeling drained of energy all day? Have you ever forgotten to comb your hair in the morning? Have you ever felt like your new life is 100% about other people? Maybe you’ve experienced incredible guilt for not having dinner planned or lunch packed. And, why couldn’t your husband do the dishes this time?
- If you said yes to even one of the questions above, you aren’t alone! And I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way. I’m not going to tell you that motherhood is easy and that it’s going to be smooth sailing all of the time, but I do hope to show you that through coaching, you can gain the energy and mindset to handle the unexpected so that you can an amazing mom AND the woman you were before you had a baby.
- Imagine having energy when your baby takes a nap, allowing you to get a quick workout in or get your nails done.
- Imagine not feeling like you got hit with a sledgehammer when you wake up in the morning.
- Or imagine being able to prepare a home-cooked meal.
- Are you asking yourself yet: “How can I make this happen??”