I’ve just recently started getting back into shape after the birth of Madison, and it certainly isn’t easy. Although I put a lot of effort into staying fit during the duration of the pregnancy, it’s tough to keep up with an exercise routine with a newborn baby. Pair that with a stomach that’s seriously difficult to tone after 2 kids and you’ve got a big challenge ahead.
Are You Ready?
Before you embark on any postpartum fitness goals, check in with your doctor. You should have a check-up at 6 weeks postpartum, so use the opportunity get the all clear to start working out. If you’ve had a c-section then you may have to wait a little longer than if you had a natural, uncomplicated birth, as your body will need more time to recover.
Don’t jump right into any heavy cardio or aerobic activities straight away, especially in the first few months. Give your body a chance to ease into exercising through brisk walks, swimming and stretching. You don’t want to shock your system or put too much pressure on yourself.
Yoga and Pilates
Both these forms of exercise are perfect for toning your body after having a baby. They’re also gentle and take place in classes, giving you the chance to get out and meet other moms. Start with some beginner’s classes and tell the instructor that you’ve just had a baby so they can explain any movement that may be especially helpful or unhelpful.
Fuel Your Body
Take in as much nutritious, vitamin-rich food and lean protein as you can when you embark on your post partum exercise routine. Try not to restrict calories too severely, as this will just exhaust you and make it hard to build muscle; it can also have a negative impact on your mood. It’s particularly important to eat healthily and not restrict yourself too much if you’re breastfeeding, so focus on getting healthy foods in rather than cutting foods out.