Congratulations to the new member of your family. We hope that you had a healthy delivery, and you and your baby are in the best health condition. Your past nine months would have been overwhelming if this was your first time. You would have already given up on the exercises that you used to do before you got pregnant. Now that you delivered a baby and did not do any exercises in the past few months, it is obvious that you have gained a lot of weight. But there is nothing to be worrying about. Losing weight after having the baby is not that difficult if you are determined to start working out right after your pregnancy. Exercising will feel like a new thing once again, and within a couple of months, you can bounce back to your slim waist. Here are five ways to get back your shape after having a baby.
Your initial step towards exercising will start with walking. It will give you the muscle strength to be active once again while also burning your calories. When the doctor gives you clearance to get out of your bed, this is the time to start going for walks and also do a bit of yoga to stretch out your muscles that have been idle for months. Get a fitness tracker to record your activity every day and then gradually increase your workouts as you get stronger.
When your doctor approves exercises, you can start doing kegel form the same day to increase the blood supply to the perineum, which will speed up the recovery process. When you give motion to your belly while exhaling and pushing your belly inside, you will automatically activate the abs and back muscles. You will feel the stretch building in your hips and abdominals, which will start getting back to shape again.
Check for the separation in your abdominals by placing a finger just above your belly button when you crunch. If you can have three or more fingers between your abs, you have the case of diastasis recti, aka abdominal separation. In such a case, work on your abs before you can perform any abdominal work out. Try to do it manually by using both of your hands to draw the gap inwards while you perform a basic crunch. Consult a doctor if the gap increases.
Breastfeeding can burn up to 60 calories a day. It is a good way to shrink your uterus back in shape after your pregnancy. While you are involved in breastfeeding, you also need to create a healthy diet plan that will help you in balancing your diet with your exercises. If you do not have the right breastfeeding diet plan, your recovery to the pre-pregnancy weight will slow down and eventually stop midway. This is the time when you need to be extra careful about your body.