So, you’ve finally had your baby, but can’t seem to drop the extra pounds that came along with pregnancy? Well, don’t worry, you’re not the only woman who has had to deal with this same thing. Naturally, you want to look and feel like your old self again, and part of doing this means getting back to your ideal weight.

Aside from eating a well-balanced diet and getting a good night’s sleep (though the second one is probably pretty challenging), getting into shape will require a little physical activity on your end. Now before you jump back into the gym full steam ahead, there are some things you should know about exercising after having a baby.

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Follow Doctor’s Orders

Yes, ladies, I understand you want to drop that spare tire as soon as possible, but you can’t just push a baby out and expect to run a marathon afterward. Therefore, I strongly advise you to take your time and listen to the doctor’s orders. In healthy pregnancies and childbirths with no complications, doctors recommend that you wait at least 4-6 weeks before trying too much physical activity. Though you may feel like you’re ready to do it sooner, trying to get back to it too quickly could cause more stress on the body than you imagined, which would in turn require you to take more time off to heal.

Don’t Compare Yourself

I’m sure you’ve seen a few celebrities who just had babies and somehow magically got back into their pre-birth size within a few short weeks. As amazing as they may look, these women have a whole team helping them to get in shape and to take care of their newborns. You, on the other hand, do not, and as such should take your time. Comparing yourself is never a good thing. Whether you’re comparing yourself to a celebrity or to a friend who recently lost all her baby weight, you must realize that everyone is different. What took three months for some women may very well take six for others. Set your own goals and only compare your current weight to your past weight for progress and tracking goals.

Listen to Your Body

Your body will most certainly tell you what your limits are after giving birth. While you may have periods where you feel like you could run for miles, you don’t want to stress your body unnecessarily. Therefore, I suggest you allow your body to do the talking. Take your time in getting back into an exercise routine. Start by walking around the block and as you feel better then add more exercise routines to the mix.

Also, remember to stay hydrated as you work out. The Healthy Trim Facebook page offers suggestions on how you can stay hydrated as you work out this summer.

Try New things

Getting your pre-baby body back does not have to mean subscribing to a gym membership or completing rigorous activities to burn the calories. There are a lot of things that you can do to get back in shape. Maybe you could try yoga, or even put the baby in the stroller and go for a walk in a local park. If exercise really isn’t your thing, you could check out the Healthe Trim Twitter page for a great read on ways to lose weight without exercising. Trying new things can be a lot of fun, and it also allows you to see what your body adapts to the best. So take your time and enjoy your weight loss journey.

Moms, we’re already stressed with taking care of a newborn. We’re trying to make sure that we do everything right to raise our precious bundles of joy to be the best they can be. Don’t add to that stress by obsessing over your weight. Just like it took time for the weight to pile on, it will take time for it to go away. Simply enjoy being a mother, set realistic goals, and accomplish things as your body (and your baby) will allow.

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