After giving birth, exercising is probably the last thing on your mind. However, once you settle into your baby routine, you will sooner or later want to start working out again. After all, that post-birth tummy won’t go back to its glory instantly – have in mind that it took nine months for your body to prepare for giving birth, and it will take more than just a couple of weeks for it to recover. So without further ado, here are the top five tips that will help you get back to your fitness routine after you give birth.
You have to be patient and pay attention to your body’s signs. Firstly, don’t return to postnatal workouts until your bleeding has stopped. If you had Cesarean, you will have to wait at least six weeks before starting anything harder than going up the stairs. The reason is simple: if you push yourself too hard right at the beginning, you will set yourself back from recovery. And if in any moment you feel discomfort, or see blood, stop immediately.
Start off with low-impact workouts such as casual walks around the block and proceed towards something more serious as you recover.
Be prepared on time
As a new mom, you won’t be able to leave your little one alone while you do your workouts. And you shouldn’t. As a matter of fact, you should definitely consider including your baby into your workouts – not only will they be more fun, but you will develop a stronger bond with the baby as well. You two can stroll around the streets together, or attend mommy-baby workout classes or mommy yoga. But, whatever you do, don’t forget to bring your must-have nappy bag with all the necessary equipment for both you and the baby.
Find all sorts of workouts
As mentioned above, you can start off with simple things such as walking and consider it a workout. Your body has gone through a lot of tough changes, and you shouldn’t push it over its limits. Swimming is also something worth considering both during and after pregnancy. It is gentle on your joints and at the same time great for core and back muscles. After a couple of months, you will be able to hit the gym with ease.
Not just during your workout sessions, but generally, you should always have hydration in mind, especially if you are breastfeeding. Milk production requires ample fluids so, in other words, you need at least eight glasses of water daily. If you are a nursing mom, a general tip is to drink enough so that you are never thirsty and then some more. If you are having trouble staying on top of it, drink one full glass of water every time you nurse, and two glasses after your workout. A smart idea is to also bring your water bottle for your daily stroll with the baby and put it in the cup holder to remind you to drink.
You shouldn’t just sleep when your baby sleeps. As a matter of fact, you should sleep whenever you have the chance. If you are feeling restored and well-rested, you will have more to offer for those who need you the most aka your baby. Make sure you stretch after your workouts and rest for at least ten minutes. It may seem like a small amount of time, but in reality, it can completely replenish you. Just lay down and do nothing. That’s all.
And that would basically be it. As you can see, the most important thing you should have in mind is not to push yourself over the limits and take care of your body just like you are taking care of your baby. Start off slowly and work your way towards your goals step by step.
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