After spending a few weeks adoring your new little one, you’ll begin to start focusing on that leftover pregnancy weight. It is important, however, that you don’t do any intense exercising until after you have had your 6 week post-pregnancy check-up.
Once your doctor gives his approval for you to begin an exercise routine, you can begin your plan of attack to drop that unwanted extra weight. The best place to begin is to make sure you are staying hydrated with plenty of water, and nourished with healthy foods. This does not mean dieting, but rather making healthy food choices. It is easy to forget to grab something to drink and eat with a newborn around, because your infant requires constant attention. You’ll have to find a way to remind yourself. Perhaps you can make it a point to drink a bottle of water with each bottle you give your baby.
Next, you are going to want to take naps throughout the day when your baby is napping. You may have plenty of chores to do, but getting enough rest is key in losing the baby weight. Most likely the broken sleep you get at night won’t be enough.
Call your local fitness centers to see if any of them offer a mommy and me exercise class. This is a great way to get exercise while spending time with your infant. You’ll also get to meet other mothers with children the same age as yours. This could lead to future play dates.
If you’re local fitness centers do not have any classes you can join with your baby, consider renting a few exercise DVDs. You don’t have to complete the entire exercise routine, but shoot for at least 30 minutes per day for a total of 5 days in a row. If you want to mix up your routine, consider taking your baby for a brisk walk one or two of the days. Just make sure your goal is to get your heart rate up.
Once you have established an exercise routine you can stick to, begin adding a few weights. This will help tone your muscles as you burn away the fat. You don’t have to use heavy weights to accomplish this either. A set of 5 pound weights will do the trick.
Discipline is key is dropping that pregnancy weight. If you keep up with your exercise routine, grab sleep when you can, stay hydrated, and consume healthy foods, you’ll lose that weight in no time.
Note: Women who have had cesarean sections will have to wait longer than those who give birth vaginally before beginning an exercise routine.
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