Exercise tips to shed post-pregnancy pounds.
Having a baby and raising your family changes your life and certainly your body. But does that mean forever? Most women gain around 30 pounds during pregnancy and shed about 20 pounds within the first month after delivery. The last infamous and dreaded 10 pounds can be difficult to get off. While exercise can help you return to your pre-pregnancy weight, as well as help you manage the stress and strain of having a new baby in your life, you may wonder how you are going get back into shape and fit exercise into your new life with a baby.
- First, be patient and gentle with yourself. Start slowly.
- Second, get creative. If you start thinking of exercise as an active lifestyle for you and your baby, you'll be able to do more than you think.
- Third, get involved and get support. Look for mother and baby exercise groups in your area
Some Common Sense Tips for the first 6 weeks:
- Breathe slowly and deeply when you exercise, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth - this will help you to relax
- Tighten your abdominal and buttocks muscles to help protect your lower back
- Listen to your body and stop if you have increased vaginal bleeding, feel pain or get shortness of breath
- Exercise in 10-minute intervals throughout the day
- Exercise with your baby and enjoy!
Our baby will be four months old this week, so I found this post right on target and worth sharing with you. Please click here to read the entire post written by Deb Paige for blog.gaiam.com.