Read this fit mom guest blog by Katie Moore. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people!
Most women including myself loved their baby bump, but by the time their new bundle of joy arrived, they are more than ready to get their pre-baby bodies back. Unfortunately, new moms can’t just snap their fingers and get rid of the excess baby weight that is prone to sticking around after they give birth. Getting back into shape after baby is born requires diet, exercise, and—the hardest lesson—patience.
Before a new mom begins a post-partum workout regimen, she should speak with her doctor regarding her plan. Some women experience difficult or complicated deliveries and their doctors may not recommend exercising right away. I experienced an uncomplicated delivery, so chose to speak to my doctor earlier than the 6 week checkup about beginning exercising safely sooner. My doctor had been very helpful during the delivery preparation in educating me in choices like pain management, cord blood banking, breastfeeding, and immunizations; speaking to my doctor about my post-delivery options proved to be the best person for recommendations again.
The best thing for any new mom to do after giving birth is rest and love her new baby, because her body needs time to recover from the experience of giving birth. Once you start to feel good enough to start exercising again, it’s best to start out slowly with low-impact exercises. One of the best ways a woman can get her body used to exercising again is by walking. Not only is it healthy and a good way to lose weight and get in shape, walking is safe enough to do soon after giving birth and with your baby.
Since most new moms don’t have ample time to do as they please, finding an exercise routine that fits into an unconventional schedule and can accommodate the company of baby. I did yoga DVDs while my daughter took a nap and took her for walks in a sling or stroller for fresh air.
It doesn’t matter how much a new mom works out, no ‘pre-baby body plan’ is complete without a healthy diet. Mom needs to eat healthy foods to help fuel her workouts and keep her energy up. A well-nourished mom is a happy mom.
The post-partum nutrition guidelines are great not only for women who have just recently given birth but also for anyone, any time. Rich in vitamins, nutrients, lean proteins and healthy fats, the post-partum nutrition guidelines are great to use for any woman who wants to lose weight. By eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, women can get back into their old clothes in no time.
Diet and exercise are great for any woman, whether she had a baby or not. The important thing all new moms must remember is to take it slow at first. It may seem impossible to find time to exercise with a newborn in the house, but by incorporating baby into a workout, moms can get their old bodies back without ever leaving the house.
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