Many mother struggle with getting back into shape after their bundle of joy arrives. It is important for mothers to understand that not everyone drops those pesky pregnancy pounds overnight. Here are some tips on how to get in shape after having a baby.
Start Off Slowly
I had a c-section with my son, so it took a while for me to feel normal again due to my incision. Mothers should start off slowly with their exercise regimens. I started with using dumbbells to begin to strengthen my arms. I did this for 10 to 15 minutes a day two weeks after the birth of my son. Women should start off by just getting back into the swing of things as to not push it.
Ditch the Junk Food
Many mothers think that they should eat for two while pregnant. This can lead to eating a lot of junk food. Women should get rid of junk food and sugary drinks such as juice and soda and just drink fat free milk and water. This helps women to keep hydrated and also benefits milk production for moms that are breastfeeding while trying to lose weight.
Take Baby Along for Work Outs
Many moms struggle with trying to find time to head to the gym each week. It can be a great bonding experience to walk or jog with a baby in a stroller. This can burn about 100-200 calories depending on the duration of the walk or jog.
Make Every Day Objects Into Gym Equipment
I did not own any gym equipment when I had my son. I decided to use everyday items to exercise. I used a crate as a step to do aerobics exercise, cement blocks to do push ups and a jump rope to help build up my endurance. Mothers can watch their babies at home while using items around the house to get in a good work out without having to buy expensive gym equipment that will take up a lot of space.
Do Small Things to Burn Calories
I learned that I could burn more calories by making life a little harder for myself. For example, try taking the stairs instead of an elevator, biking or walking to a store to get small items and doing more chores. These tasks can burn calories quickly without a person really realizing it.
Use Motivational Tools
My friend Marcie was going to get married six months after my son was born. I had a dress that was too small for me but I wanted to wear it. I hung it by my bathroom door every morning to motivate myself to work out and eat right. Moms should try to place an item or photo within their line of vision that can act as a motivational tool so that they stay on track to get into shape.
Seek Solace in Other Mothers
When I had a baby, I felt alone when trying to lose weight. One great motivational tool I found was online support groups. People can exchange tips and encouragement which helps to make the process much more easier to endure.