Reclaiming your body after giving birth can be overwhelming, to say the least. Your body has changed so much in the last nine months, and you may feel so far from your former self that it seems impossible that you will ever look or feel normal again.

A good place to begin is by getting your doctor’s okayto resume a fitness routine. That may vary depending on several factors such as your doctor’s preference and whether or not you had a C-section. Once you are cleared to resume do so slowly. Your body had been through a lot and needs time to resume full function again. Some great exercises to begin with are; yoga, walking, circuit training, and weight training.

As a mother of five, soon to be six, I have been exactly where you are. I personally have been able to resume my fitness routines by starting out with small steps, such as; taking walks and doing small 5-10 minute mini routines opposed to one longer one. It allows conservation of energy and the benefit of beginning to reclaim your fitness.

Be sure to remember that when resuming fitness routine do not skimp on nutrition. That demands of being a new mother can allow little or no time to think about what you are eating, but it is important to be prepared and eat well. A new mother has higher caloric needs still after her pregnancy has ended to aid in healing. If you are nursing your calorie needs are far higher.

Although it’s tempting to try to rid yourself of the unwanted baby weight after giving birth, it is not wise to try to cut calories too soon after giving birth, and if you’re nursing not until you have finished nursing.

Try to remember that it took a long time for your body to prepare to give birth to a baby, and you must allow adequate time to allow your body to return to normal.

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