Molly is a 28-year-old Movin’ Mama living on the South Shore of MA with her husband and brand new, 1-month-old daughter. As a Cosmetologist and Esthetician, it’s not surprising that one of her favorite hobbies includes Fashion…& working out of course when she’s cleared to do so! I asked Molly how she’s Living Well today, and here’s what she shared…
How do you typically start your day?
My day normally starts out with a snuggle session with my daughter. Our nights have been a struggle so far, we seem to get our best sleep in the early morning so when we get up, we snuggle before we start our day!
What is your typical workout regimen like?
I had an emergency C-section in September, so I am not able to do normal exercise quite yet. However, I am the MOH in my sister-in-law’s wedding in December, so I am motivated to get into that dress I bought at only 3 months pregnant!
I do like to take my little one out for walks if it’s nice outside, and look forward to doing some 5ks this spring with her! I can’t wait to get back to my yoga and spin classes, and to check out Row and Ride in Hanover! I did rowing in high school and absolutely loved it, it’s the best way to get great definition in your arms!
What has been your biggest challenge with wellness since the birth of your baby?
The biggest challenge was having an unexpected C-section because the recovery is intense…Not being able to drive for a few weeks was tough with my husband being back at work! Luckily I have been surrounded by the most loving and supportive family and friends who have helped with meals and food shopping etc.!
What do you do when you want to have “Me time”?
I like to pamper myself by going to my own Allure Med Spa & Salon. We do it all! Also I just recently joined a book club and that has gotten me back into reading, so I will let Dad take over when he gets home from work and sneak off for a few chapters!
What do you love most about being a new mom so far?
I can honestly say I love it ALL! My daughter has opened my eyes to what a miracle life is. I feel so blessed to have her, I lost my mother at an early age in life and in a way it makes me feel her presence around me more than ever as I enter into this new chapter in my life and for that I am forever grateful.
What are a few beauty products you cannot live without right now?
I can’t live without my Davines shampoo and conditioner! My hair was starting to feel so dry after I had my baby and now that I am back to using my good hair products I feel like it is getting its life back! I also can’t live without my Glo-minerals lash lengthening mascara as well as their sheer tinted moisturizer. Don’t have that extra time to get ready in the morning anymore, so I usually only use these 2 products in the morning and it’s just enough to feel pretty!
What are some wellness tips you can share with other new moms?
1) Take care of yourself mentally as well as physically! It’s so important to reach out if you need help or are feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes just an extra long hot shower will do the trick!
2) Don’t push yourself to hard to lose the baby weight…you need to be healthy especially if you are breastfeeding, you need those extra calories!
3) Make sure you and your husband still make time for each other! It was your love that brought this beautiful human here and you need to cherish that as well!
What is one of your recent go-to healthy meals that you like to cook at home?
Sesame Ginger Chicken in the crockpot…check out our Mama-Friendly Menu for the full recipe!
Anyone special you’d like to thank for helping you through parenthood?