Giving birth to a baby is a thrilling, exciting, memorable moment in a woman’s life, but it is not without its downside. During pregnancy the body undergoes extreme changes that take time and effort to restore. After bringing a new baby home, even though daily exercise might be the last thing on the “to do” list, it is still one of the best things you can do for yourself.
During your pregnancy, focus on the baby’s health was of the upmost importance; options like immunizations and umbilical cord blood banking were considered. Post-delivery, you will have to consider your health options separately. For you a new mom, exercise after pregnancy not only promotes weight loss, but also restores muscular strength and improves cardiovascular fitness. In addition to the physical benefits, it also reduces stress and improves mood swings associated with postpartum depression. The best part of all is that you develop healthy habits for yourself while setting a good example for the baby.
Although at one time physicians delayed the start of exercise programs by six weeks or more, today’s doctors see the advantage of beginning early. In fact, with a normal delivery, physical activity can begin as soon as a few days after delivery.
You should begin slowly and only do as much as is comfortable. Although that “bathing suit body” might be the ultimate goal, achieving desired results will take time, effort, and consistency. Drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding excess fatigue will help ensure you are achieving the desired results without causing harm.
The best way to begin is with a warm up period then gradually increasing the pace of workouts as strength grows. After working out, cool down periods are also important. Listening to your body is the key to success. If you feel pain or have heavy vaginal bleeding it is time to stop. It would also be wise to consult a physician.
Even if you are breast-feeding, you can still exercise as long as certain precautions are taken. Although the amount of breast milk and the composition may not be affected by exercise, high-intensity activity can generate a sour taste. Keeping activities moderate and drinking plenty of fluids during workouts should alleviate this problem. You can also pump prior to exercising and save the milk for later and then pump 30 minutes after activity and dispose of it to prevent exposing the baby to milk that tastes bad.
Bringing a new baby home can be very challenging and finding the time to add an exercise regimen to the day can be difficult. Even on days when you feel tired, some form of physical activity should be included. Seeking support from a significant other, family, and friends can help as they will keep you motivated. Although it may not be easy, after-pregnancy exercise can enhance energy, improve your mood, and ensure you are in the best health possible while caring for someone who is completely dependent on you.
“This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche. If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26.”