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Getting back into shape after having a baby is every mom's dream. Rest assured with some time and dedication it isn't that difficult to do. There are some important things to consider before you begin the journey. Just as a mother worked closely with their doctor, midwife or doula to prepare for delivery options like pain management, umbilical cord blood banking and immunizations, she should work with her doctor in her post-partum period as well. A doctor can answer questions about the proper diet and exercise regime to keep her healthy.
After giving birth, the body needs healing time to repair functions that have been altered through pregnancy and childbirth. Most doctors suggest waiting 6 to12 weeks after childbirth to begin any exercise programs. The body needs this time to return hormone and blood levels to a pre-pregnancy state. Starting exercises too soon can cause more harm than good. Take it easy the first 6 weeks with just stretching and walking until your check-up, then follow some tips to move forward on getting back into great shape.
Walking is a simple and easy exercise to do to burn calories without too much exertion. The number of calories burned while walking depends on your weight, the distance you walk and your pace. Walking is a cardiovascular exercise that helps to build endurance by increasing the heart rate and breathing patterns. It builds stronger bones and tones up your muscles without causing strain or pain like more vigorous forms of exercise. Put the baby in a stroller or carry the baby in a body holster and take a regular walk each day for about 30 minutes. You will start to loose weight, feel more energized and the baby will love the bonding time.
Floor exercises like sit-ups, leg lifts, arm lifts, bending and stretching can help you get back into shape. Put the baby in a playpen, crib or a quilt on the floor in the same room with you, so you can keep an eye on the baby and shape up at the same time. It's a great way to bond with the baby while exercising.
Turn on some music and plan a 30 minute routine each day. Do sit-ups to build up core strength and get abdominal muscles in shape. Leg lifts will tone leg muscles, stomach and abdominal muscles and reduce inches on your hips. Arm lifts and circular exercises will tighten arm muscles that may have gotten flabby with weight gain.
If you add weights, bands, balls or any form of resistance to these, the results will be much faster. Bending and stretching will help with balance and flexibility to help you regain faster reflex time. Simply lifting or carrying the baby around will help you tone muscles and burn calories.
It isn't necessary to rush back to the gym to start getting back into shape after having the baby. Spend some bonding time with the baby while keeping the exercises simple for a while. You will loose weight and feel much better quickly, and the baby will love watching you do it.
This is a guest post written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the Mom-o-sphere of the blogging world. Just after becoming a Mom herself, Katie took to blogging to share her knowledge and passion for motherhood, pregnancy, children, fitness and overall health. She enjoys spending time with her family, writing and researching, and connecting with others! 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.