Losing Weight after Pregnancy
How to Get Your Pre-pregnancy Body Back
Doing post pregnancy exercises are important for mothers to regain their strength and recover entirely. However, you must not overdo it
especially during the first few months after giving birth. In most cases, doctors recommend moms to wait for six weeks before they could do basic exercise routines. But if you have been active during your pregnancy, you may be allowed to start earlier than 6 weeks. Nevertheless, it is still best to consult your doctor first before doing any routines.
Exercise is good for you. However, you should not force yourself into doing rigorous activities if you feel that you cannot. Your body needs time to heal. You also have to adjust to your new role as a mother and care for and bond with your baby.
Getting back in shape is difficult. There is no magic wand to make things easier and have results come faster. Your body has undergone a tremendous change. It will take time for your previous body shape to come back. If you had a normal vaginal delivery, you can safely perform light exercises such as walking, modified push-ups, and stretching, as soon as you feel like it. For those who had a c-section, you should wait at least 6 to 8 weeks before doing any routines or any time your doctor has advised you to do so.
Losing weight after pregnancy is a process. Some of the popular post pregnancy exercises are the following:
- Kegel exercises: These exercises involve making small contractions of the muscles at the vaginal wall. This would help strengthen weak pelvis muscles.
- Walking: Short, slow walks can help prepare the body for more vigorous exercises.
- Yoga: Gentle yoga poses can be a great way to get your blood flowing while reducing stress. Basic moves like supported bridge, warrior I and pelvis tilts are a great way to start.
- Pilates: Doing minor modifications, you may also be able to do basic Pilates exercises. This exercise would strengthen the core and increase your flexibility.
Execute exercises carefully and properly. This is important especially if you do not have a personal trainer to assist you. After giving birth, joints and ligaments will still be loose for about three to five months. So watch your step to avoid spills. You could also attend exercise classes headed by a postpartum exercise specialist. Many YMCAs, recreation centers, gyms, and yoga studios offer exercise classes for new moms.
Exercise is just one phase. Make sure you’re eating a proper diet and living a healthier lifestyle for you and your baby. Maintain overall household cleanliness to avoid the spread of viruses and germs.