You have worked so hard carrying your little bundle of joy around for nine months, but now you want your body back to how it was before, yes? Of course you do that’s only natural, but sometimes easier said than done. We have some tips to get you back your post baby body.
You’re probably burning off a lot more calories without even realising it but you can burn a few more and bond with your baby while doing so. Forget weights get baby involved in your workout here are a couple of ideas to get you started
Stand with baby in front of you – use your baby carrier to support your baby. Place feet shoulder width apart toes turned out slightly to assist with your balance.
- Breathe in
- Belly pulled in
- Lower your body as if you were going to sit on a chair
- Hold for a few seconds
- Breathe out and return to a standing position
- Repeat this 10 times rest and repeat
- For best results remember to engage your core muscles
- Put your baby in there comfy chair or their buggy, now face your baby
- Place your right foot behind you by about three feet
- Place your hands on your waist for balance
- Now bend both your knees until the left thigh is parallel with the ground
- Make sure your left knee stays in line with your ankle
- Now slowly return to standing position and repeat with the opposite leg
- Repeat this 10 times rest and repeat
- Have some fun with baby as you complete the routine
Dance with Baby
Dancing while holding your baby will provide you with a light cardiovascular workout that engages a lot of major muscle groups. This is also great for uplifting your mood
- Lay face up on the floor with your baby sat on your stomach
- Hold baby securely under the arms
- Hold in your stomach muscles
- Now lift your head, neck and shoulders off the floor breathing out as you do so
- Lower yourself back on the floor
- Repeat as many times as you can
Take the buggy and walk where and when you can pushing the buggy will get you burning off a few extra calories, if your fitness levels are higher invest in a buggy that you can take with you on a jog.
Having a new born can wear you out from not being able to get a full night’s sleep so it can be difficult to eat properly but well worth it in the end. Eating well will give you the nutrients needed to stay on top of your game.
- Try eating six small meals a day so you have a source of energy to keep you going, think fast healthy food – cook bigger portions so you can store it in the fridge and you have something you can just grab when needed. Stay away from processed, foods that can make you feel sluggish and bloated.
- Keep hydrated this is a must for keeping the skin look fresh and healthy. It’s also very important that you replace any fluids lost while exercising. Dehydration can make you feel dizzy, light headed, tired and course headaches. You may also feel a loss of stamina and strength not what you need when you have just had a baby.
- Stay away from fad diets – your body will need to be nourished to get it back to how it was before baby. Breasting feeding helps new mums to lose weight a little faster stay fighting fit and eat healthy don’t deprive yourself.
- Do Not skip meals as this can course your body to store fat
Waist training after pregnancy can be a good way to get your belly back in shape a little faster. Wearing a waist trainer assists with supporting the core muscles and allows them to get back into place as the muscles are being supported from daily strains such as lifting baby and other daily chores. A lot of women who have had a c section will wear a girdle to support the wound while healing. Make sure that you wear one that is the correct size as you do not want it to be too tight.
Remember it took nine months to grow your lil one and it will take time for your body to fully recover. Stay positive and remember that everybody heals at different speeds so the process will be different. Start with taking a few pictures from different angles so you can see the progress your making.
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