Bouncing Back to your Pre-baby Weight!
July 12, 2011
Your bouncing baby boy or girl has created quite a stir in your life! From feeding every couple of hours to diaper changes and lack of sleep you’re wondering how can I fit in any time for me? Regular exercise and adequate sleep are major components to getting back into shape; although it won’t happen over night it can certainly happen for you. I personally know of many women who are even more health conscious and in better shape after they have children!
So, first things first – You’re not alone. Just about every woman, at one time or another has struggled with exercise after pregnancy; here are some tips to help you get back into shape!
Start out slow
Within the first 6 weeks after delivering your baby, your body is healing. During this time, caring for the baby, managing the basics such as establishing a routine and household chores are enough. Discuss precautions with your physician before you get started.
Make exercise a priority
Sleep deprivation is one of the most uncomfortable feelings, however exercise can be an energizer and help you feel better about yourself. Scheduling some easy exercises for 15 minutes each day is a great start. Work your way up to 30 minutes each day and you’ll be back into your favorite jeans in no time.
Get out there!
Once you feel comfortable venturing out with the baby, it’s time to introduce her to shopping! Taking several laps around the mall or the supermarket can do wonders for cabin fever and your fitness.
Did you know that breast feeding can burn 500-600 extra calories daily?! That’s great news for your waistline. Remember that your body needs adequate fluid and calories to produce milk, so while exercise is ok cutting back on calories is not.
Make wholesome foods a priority
Keep your diet filled with wholesome foods such as whole grains, beans & legumes, low fat dairy, lean meats, fruits and vegetables. Some women find they are starving during the time that they are exclusively breastfeeding, don’t deprive yourself but do make healthy choices. If you have chosen not to breastfeed, you can begin a weight loss regimen. Loosing 1 to 2 pounds each week is a healthy and steady pace.
You can do it, mom!
By staying active, you will be able to keep up with your little one and she grows and become more active. Stay in shape and enjoy every moment of motherhood!Top