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Women’s Health through the Decades: The changes of motherhood in your 30s

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All this week, we're featuring a series discussing women's health issues.  We'll be talking to health care professionals and women of all ages about the changes our bodies endure over time and how to prevent and deal with women's biggest health concerns.

We began with women in their 20s, talking about getting a jump start on a healthy lifestyle.  Today we continue with women in their 30s.

At this stage, many women are dealing with pregnancy for the first time and the busyness of being a new mom.

We spoke with a new mom and health care providers to find out the changes babies can bring.

"For the first month, maybe two months, I was literally sleeping on the couch with him, I mean, we were not getting any sleep at all," said Greta Stewart.

As the mother of a toddler with one more on the way, Greta Stewart shares the same feelings of exhaustion every new mother or expecting mother feels at some point in their thirties.

"Very common symptoms of early pregnancy will be fatigue, feeling very tired and worn out people need to go to bed much earlier than they usually did," said Dr. Jodi Scott with Avera Medical Obstetrics & Gynecology.

That exhaustion and new focus on your kids can make a usually healthy lifestyle difficult to maintain.

"That first trimester, it was really hard to get to the gym; I mean I couldn't get out of bed in the morning," said Stewart. 

"We put so much time into our children and we give everything to them that that's where again that's the time when, you know for young moms, they don't have as much time for themselves," said Dr. Janel Powell with Avera Medical Group Women's Internal Medicine. 

Even if you're done having kids, you still need to have a well woman exam every year, get regular eye and dental exams and take the time for exercise and a healthy diet. 

"If you're trying to eat healthier, you're trying to make sure you're getting good fruits and vegetables and getting your proteins, you're going to feel better," said Dr. Powell. 

A healthy lifestyle will mean more energy for mom and more time to enjoy every second of this stage of life. 

"It's just the best part of our day is getting Aden," said Stewart.

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