After you have a baby your body feels a lot like it’s been re-arranged. And basically, it has. The first few weeks after delivery (natural or C-section) you will be in no state for exercise, bar some very specific post-natal exercises. Post-natal recovery will take you at least 6 weeks or more.
After you’ve been given the all clear by your doctor, exercise is a fantastic relief both physically and emotionally. Start out by pram walking. Your baby should sleep more soundly in the pram anyway, so why not? Try to schedule feeds to make this possible. Feed baby, then put him or her straight in the pram and GO! The “GO” part, straight away, is so important because it could be only an hour before baby wants another feed. Don’t let other things such as washing or phone calls get in the way. Fitting in exercise with a new little person in your life takes a lot of re-prioritizing.
If you learn to fit exercise into your day, it is amazing how much more you are capable of. Exercise gives us more energy and zest all throughout the day. Sluggishness will only make you feel more sluggish. Get moving early in the day, to boost your energy and your mood. Exercise endorphins fight the dreaded baby blues. Simply by fitting in a little workout in your day, you benefit, as well as your baby, partner and family.
If you can’t get out to walk because of weather or because the area you live in is not great for walking, there are other alternatives. A lot of gyms have crèches, catering from as little as 6 weeks of age. Breathing space from your baby may seem impossible at first, but could also be the best thing for you mentally. There are a great range of exercise DVDs available and online exercise programs to follow if a gym doesn’t take your fancy.
British News Reader Clare Nasir lost 15 kilos of her baby weight in 4 months!! Sure most likely, she had a PT and a Nanny to help her out. But she was the one who sweat it out day after day. Weight loss and sustaining that weight loss is not just handed to you. You have to work hard and stay focused on your goals. Why not use this new role to inspire you to be the best Mother you can be. As a fit, strong, healthy woman you can be inspiring to your child. You no doubt, would want your children to lead fit, strong and healthy lives.
After a baby comes along there is no need to put your body on the back burner. There is absolutely no reason why you can’t lose weight and have an even better body after baby.