Doctors suggest that women should hold off from exercising until they have had their six-week check-up after having a baby, but not all women follow that rule (myself included). New Moms, unfortunately it will take some time and you will have to ease your way back into it slowly.
Here are some great exercising tips for you new moms to follow post-baby, preferably when you’ve got the green light from your doctor to workout again.
1. Set Goals: Start off small. Aim for a goal that you know you can accomplish. For example, you can decide to get back in the hang of things by working out just a couple of days a week and working your way up from there.
2. Perform Kegels: Kegel exercises help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. They also can help prevent urinary incontinence and other pelvic floor issues. Performing these will help heal up the process if you had tearing during giving birth.
3. Don’t overdo the Abs : We all want our stomach back to its pre-baby state, but you don’t want to overdo it in the beginning. Most new moms experience the separation of the ab muscles during pregnancy, aka Diastasis. When you go in for your six-week chec-kup, ask your doctor about it and see if you are able to ease back into ab routines.
4. Go For a Walk: Walks count as exercise, too. Catch some fresh air and take the baby for a walk in the stroller. If it is too cold out, take them to the mall and walk around there.
5. Incorporate Yoga into your Exercise Routine: Yoga is great for the body, especially after having a baby. Yoga can help elevate your mood, help you become more focused and, of course, provide a relaxing workout. Yoga helps strengthen and stretch out your muscles which is definitely what you need during this postpartum period.
Those are just a few tips that moms to be can follow and hopefully they help!