7. It Helps to Break Habits…

Whether it’s having a few too many at the weekend, lighting up a cigarette or staying up far too late and missing valuable sleep, everyone has a bad habit. But it seems that once we become parents, we are much better at fighting them. Smokers are three times more likely to quit smoking during pregnancy than at any other time, and most parents don’t start up again. Figures for alcohol are very similar.

There’s a whole variety of support available for people who are trying to kick a habit, so – parent or not – don’t be afraid to take it! It’s probably one of the most amazing health benefits of motherhood.

Of course, parenthood isn’t easy. There are plenty of downsides – long lie ins, anyone?! But it’s all worth it in the end, and it’s amazing to see how it benefits the body, mind and soul. Have you noticed any health improvements since you had children? I’d love to hear about them!

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