Getting your body back after having a baby is not as hard as you might think.
Research shows that starting a regular exercise program soon after giving birth is not only good for your overall health, but may also help reduce the risk of postpartum depression.
Every pregnancy and delivery are different, so check with your doctor before engaging in any workout program after giving birth. If you experience any heavy bleeding, excessive soreness, headaches, or other unusual symptoms during or right after exercising, stop immediately and call your doctor for advice.
Here are some tips that will help you get ready for regular exercise.
Though you may not be a morning person, waiting until the afternoon or until after you've finished work might be asking too much of yourself. Mommy duties tend to build as the day progress, so get your workout out of the way before the list gets too long. If you're trouble motivating yourself, make sure you read some of these quotes to help get yourself ready.
Just like you would for a meeting or an appointment, schedule time into your day for your workout. Workouts tend to be the part of life that is most often pushed to the side for new moms, so making it a priority by scheduling it into your day helps to create consistency.
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Too often we think that a workout has to be done in one solid hour. Not true! Squeeze in a small workout when you can - even if it has to be in 10-minute increments.
Body weight exercises are simple and require no extra equipment. Perform squats, lunges, planks and push-ups at home whenever you have a few extra minutes to yourself. Once you progress further add 10-pound dumbbells to the exercises to make them even harder.
Depending on the pregnancy, some new moms may have some struggles getting back into a workout regimen. Whether it was a tough natural birth or there is a C-section incision to worry about, a postpartum girdle can be extremely helpful for new moms.
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Choose a postpartum girdle based off your needs - whether that be protecting the C-section incision or simply tucking in the belly for added support.
It is important to take your time when it comes to postpartum fitness. While the body is an incredible thing (it did just make and carry a tiny human for 9 months!), it also needs time before it can bounce back to the place it was before the pregnancy.
One of the best ways to stay motivated is to find someone who is trying to do exactly the same thing. Whether the person you find just had a baby or not doesn't matter - the fact that you both want to get in shape and get healthier is what does.
So you only worked out once this week - that's ok! Just like learning to be a new mom takes time, so does getting back into a fitness routine. While it can be discouraging not to see your pre-baby body coming back as quickly as you’d hoped, cut yourself some slack. The routine and pre-baby body will come back in no time!
Getting back to your pre-baby weight may feel like a mission impossible, but it only takes a bit of patience and consistency. Follow the above tips to help get yourself back into the gym and back into those pre-baby clothes!