Four Ways to Get in Shape After Giving Birth

If you’ve recently had your baby, you probably are pretty anxious to lose the weight you put on.  Fitting into your favorite pair of jeans as soon as possible probably sounds like a dream. Diet and exercise is the healthiest way to get lost weight and get into shape, but post-pregnancy diet and exercise routines will require some special considerations. Just as you spoke to your doctor during pregnancy about questions regarding post-delivery considerations for the baby, like circumcision, bring your questions about starting a post-delivery health plan to your doctor before beginning a routine. Here are some tips that your doctor may share with you:

Take It Slow

After being cleared by your doctor, you should ease into exercise. Within six weeks of giving birth, your body is still healing from the pregnancy so it’s not a good idea to jump into a heavy workout plan too soon. Start out by going on a short walk around the block, stretching or walking up and down stairs in your house a few times.

Finding Time

When you have a newborn, you will learn that, during the first weeks of their lives, babies cannot be scheduled. You may feel that you will never be able to schedule time for exercise either. If the baby is down for a nap or comfortable nestled into a baby carrier or swing, use that time to squeeze in some physical activity, even if it’s only for 10 minutes.

Add Variety

Doing the same exercises every day can get boring very quickly. It’s important to do different exercises if you want to get into shape again. If you’re bored with the treadmill, go for a walk outside or swim at your local pool. It’s also a good idea to exercise with friends and family members. Exercising with someone close to you can make the process easier.

Around the House

You can get creative within your own home for added ways to get exercise. If you can’t make it to the gym or your workout DVDs are boring, think of the possibilities within your home.  Doing chores, like vacuuming and sweeping, or putting on music to dance to are ways to get you moving through the house and get your heart rate up.

With the changes that baby will bring into your life, an unhealthy weight doesn’t have to be one of them. With time, creativity and perseverance, you will soon be back to your pre-pregnancy weight with the added joy of a healthy baby.

“This article is a guest post 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.”

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