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It’s time to introduce you to another Practical Mom. Meet Katie Moore: Katie blogs about motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! Passionate about healthy living, Katie asked if she could stop by today to share some of her tips for finding your shape post-baby. Who doesn’t want a few healthy living tips? And now to eat some snap peas while I run on my elliptical. Leave her some love here, but then stop by and visit her at her place. Connect with Katie at Moore From Katie or on Twitter.
How to Get Back Into Shape After Giving Birth
After giving birth, women sometimes wonder how they will get back into shape. During pregnancy, experts recommend pregnant women gain 25 to 35 pounds. Some women may start out overweight or gain more than the recommended amount, and birth, they have a little one who needs constant care. How will they find the time and energy to exercise? Fortunately, there are ways to help a mother regain her fitness.
Consult With a Doctor
Before starting any postnatal fitness and/or nutritional plan, it’s wise to talk to a doctor. This is especially true for women who are breastfeeding. Just as women consult with their doctors during pregnancy, new moms should continue to consult with their doctors during the recovery process.
Women typically lose about 10 pounds as soon as they give birth. Then, over the next several months, more weight usually comes off just in the course of day-to-day tasks. New moms who breastfeed often notice weight loss just from feeding the baby.
Moms need to eat a balanced diet comprised of plenty of protein and fruits and vegetables. Whether or not you are nursing your new baby, you need sufficient energy to make up for the sleep deprivation as you adjust to life with a newborn.
General Exercise Tips
Women in good overall health with uncomplicated vaginal births can often resume mild activity a week or so later. After six weeks, many can return to a more vigorous routine if their doctor approves.
• Ease into it. Start with something light, not an intense cardio routine. Walking is one of the best choices.
• Schedule it around baby’s feeding schedule. Breastfeeding mothers should nurse their babies just before exercising so their breasts are more comfortable. They should also wear a supportive bra with nursing pads.
• Make it a mommy-baby time. Women who don’t have someone who can regularly watch baby don’t have to give up on exercising. For example, baby can rest next to his mother while she does floor exercises. And when the weather is fair, women can put baby in a carrier or stroller and go out for a brisk walk.
• Adjust the routine as needed. If a woman feels pain, gets dizzy or suddenly experiences more vaginal bleeding, she should stop.
• Increase intensity after a few weeks. After being cleared by her doctor, a woman can add abdominal exercises to tone those muscles or take baby out for a job with a jogging stroller.
With these tips, a new mother will not only be overjoyed with her newborn, but will also be so happy when her body easily returns to it’s pre-pregnancy weight.
Katie has officially inspired me to get back to my healthy living plan…how about you?