Fitness after Pregnancy

Many women ask the same questions after having given birth to their wonderful new baby. “How do I get my old body back? During the last 9 months, your body made continuous changes in order to protect the baby (or babies) you had growing in your womb. Some of these changes may not have been very pleasant at all. Others you are finding now, post-delivery, and you want to do something about them. The most prominent change new mothers want to make is returning to their pre-baby weight and shape. Exercise is one surefire way of speeding up the process.

Chances are that exercise isn’t going to help with those stretch marks. But exercise will definitely help you to find the body you had before you got pregnant. Many new moms have several questions in regards to exercise. Some of the more frequent ones are “How soon can I start an exercise program after delivering my baby?” or “How long will it take to get my figure back?” The answer to these questions, along with many others depends on exactly how healthy you were, physically and mentally, while you were pregnant.

The first rule when considering how to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight and shape is to NOT use celebrities as role models or guides to how you should look after giving birth. Not only do they have the means to pay for private trainers and nannies, they’ve probably been careful almost to the point of obsession about what they ate during their pregnancy.

The majority of new moms have to deal with the other aspects of daily life. Some work outside the home, while others have errands, other children and household maintenance to care for. Hopefully despite all of these duties, you found the time and desire during your pregnancy to get active with some sort of exercise. Any type of regular exercise during your pregnancy will make losing the extra weight that much easier after the baby is born.

Many different types of exercise can assist in the loss of extra pregnancy weight. Not only will it speed up the process, but you will feel better at the end of the day as well. Walking, jogging, yoga and even aerobics can help you build up more stamina and energy for the new responsibility of caring for a baby and your regular responsibilities too.

Most doctors will tell you to wait six weeks after the delivery of your child before beginning any regular exercise plan or routine. However, activities such as walking can be started in moderation shortly after your baby is born. You want to be careful about how fast you begin to exercise, as well as how hard you push yourself. You want to make sure of the safety of an exercise, as well as reduce any potential complications from pushing yourself too hard too fast. It’s important to allow your body to heal before you start any strenuous activities, to avoid complications.

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