So you’re about to, or you just have, given birth to a beautiful baby. Your body has already undergone many changes, and you may be thinking that it’s time to get yourself exercising. It doesn’t matter if you just want to fit into your pre-pregnancy jeans, or you’re training for your next triathlon, getting your body moving is important! Moderate exercise after child-birth has many benefits, including reducing aches and pains, and increasing your energy levels.
Talk to Your Doctor
Just like every baby has different needs, so does every mom. Any type of birthing experience will take its toll on your body, but cesarean births or births with complications will need special consideration. Before planning your next half marathon, it may be a good idea to sit down with your doctor and discuss possible limitations or considerations you may need to make. Some limitations may come from low cortisol levels or postpartum anemia. Pushing yourself too far in these instances can be very hard on your recovering body and actually increase the time it will take you to heal.
Start Taking Baby Steps
According to a study done by Harvard University in 2007, it was discovered that mothers who walked thirty minutes a day or more, watched less than two hours a day of TV, and reduced their trans-fat consumption were seventy seven percent more likely to maintain a healthy weight. Although you probably won’t be hitting the pavement on the day your little one is born, later on you can find ways to sneak in walking time. Have a morning and evening walk with baby in their stroller for some outdoor bonding time. Or, let your partner watch them for fifteen minutes and treat yourself to some much deserved you-time.
Strengthen and Stretch
Now that you have a little one hanging off of you all day, it is extremely important to take care of yourself! Your centre of gravity will be pitched forward with their weight and your muscles will overcompensate and tighten. Small strengthening and stretching exercises will be your best allies as you experience your postpartum body. Not only will these help to tone your stomach, but will also improve your posture and reduce pains.
You are doing a ton of work as a new mom and although you wouldn’t change it for the world, it’s okay to recognize that sometimes it doesn’t always feel good on your body. That’s why exercising, even a little bit, is extremely beneficial. Here at Vitality Fitness, we scale our workouts to fit you, just like a one-on-one personal trainer. So when you’re ready and able to get moving even more, we are here for you, mama!