After giving birth, it's difficult for many moms to lose their "baby weight.” A new class at Sanford Health aims to help those ladies get their body back.
It's not every day you get tips from a professional chef but that's one of the things cooking in this class for new moms. Chef Kristin Laberis is making a quick and easy grain salad.
"If you're home alone with baby and haven't slept all night and you know you need to eat, this is a great option," Laberis said.
Mom Colette Manning knows just how difficult it is to eat healthy and lose weight after pregnancy.
"It's hard because you're trying to balance tending to the baby, tending to your other children and taking care of your household duties," Manning said.
Manning has a three-month-old and almost two-year-old. She's lost almost half of the weight she gained during her latest pregnancy.
"I'm working very hard to get the other half off and trying to figure out now that I'm back to work, ways to make everything sink up time-wise," Manning said.
Dietitian Margaret Kuiper says new moms should plan ahead and make sure they buy healthy ingredients at the grocery store. When you have time, you can cut up fruits and vegetables and store them in the fridge.
"Stay away from processed foods and stay away from a lot of the refined sugars and starches," Kuiper said.
Not only do class participants get tips on healthy, quick snacks, but they also learn about emotional health after pregnancy.
"There are a lot of changes, maybe some postpartum depression. We have someone from psychology come in to address those big changes," Kuiper said.
With everything that goes along with motherhood, Manning is thankful for any tips that will improve her and her family's health.
"As a mom, especially with young kids, you're especially always looking for quick, easy things, and you want to be health conscious too," Manning said.
The cost of the class is $15.
It's held the second Wednesday of every other month.