Postnatal Fitness!

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There seems to be a ton of added pressure on moms to lose weight after baby. So many changes happen for the mom once a baby is born. Terrible sleep patterns, slower metabolism, late night eating, carb cravings and not to mention the physiological aspect of healing, just to name a few. When recovering from pregnancy, keep in mind that you have time. When you are ready, avoid exercises like sit-ups. When you are cleared for abdominal/core exercises, start with leg lifts, both side and forward. Strengthening your core, which includes your back and abs, will give you the full body strength you need for a flat stomach. This is key, especially if your like myself and have diastasis recti (abdominal separation). Please look in to diastasis recti, whether you have had a c-section or not. Don’t forget your cardio, but be sure not to make it your main focus. If you have an hour, use 30 minutes for cardio, 30 minutes for weight training. If you are home with your baby, include them in the workout. You can go for a stroll or even use the baby as your added weight and lift them up and down. Of course choose the best and safest way to do this. If you are breastfeeding, keep in mind that you may have some weight gain after you stop nursing. This is normal. Focus on grounding yourself and healing as a whole person, body, mind and spirit. Eating and sleeping are just as important as exercise when you are trying to lose weight.

Remember:

Give yourself time

Take some quiet time for you when you can

Check your daily caloric intake

Monitor/log your meals

Drink your water

Switch your workout routine

Never skip meals

Try meditating

It will happen…give it time

 

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Tarah D.

Physical Vitality

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