How to Get Back In Shape after Giving Birth

Probably the first thing every mother thinks of after the birth of their baby is how they can get back to being fit and get in shape. Well, maybe this is not the first thing every mother thinks of but the majority of the mothers out there do. It is very important to understand that getting back to shape after being off for nine whole months will take a bit of time, after all it did take nine months to get out of shape and it will take nearly the same to get back to shape. Expecting instant results would only leave you disappointed and frustrated with yourself and maybe even cause you to give up altogether. The better approach to this would be to accept that the body needs time to slowly regain its former shape and become stronger than it was. Here are a few easy ways that you can make sure to get that body back and stay in shape.

The Most Obvious Step: Stay Active

The problem with starting to be active after pregnancy is that the majority of the people misinterpret it. They assume that staying fit implies having to go to the gym and do strenuous exercise, when in fact this is so far from the truth. Staying active after pregnancy is not to do strenuous things such as weight lifting but to keep yourself moving instead of becoming a couch potato with your newborn baby. Take the first month off to relax and regain all your strength, then slowly incorporate more walking into your daily routine. For example, if you have to go to the grocery store, walk the distance. Or even make it a habit to take your baby with you and go for a quick walk in the evening. This way your metabolism is maintained.

Do Things with Your Baby

If getting fit means having to leave the baby in the care of someone else or to not be around your baby, there is a good chance most moms will opt out and prefer to stay with the baby. To overcome this factor, include your baby in what you do. Get into your workout outfit that is friendly to the baby as well. For example you can get breastfeeding tops so if the baby needs to be fed, you can do so without a hassle. Have your baby around with you within the vicinity so that you can keep an eye on the little one and in the afternoons do some small exercises, maybe some Pilates. These exercises should be light so that your body is not under too much stress but should be enough to break a sweat.

Nutrition

It is very important to remember that after the birth of your baby, you still need to maintain your own nutrition by having nutrient-rich foods. This is so because you are breastfeeding the baby. However, this does not mean that you simply overindulge in any food that you feel like having. Watch your calorie intake and try to take in most of your calories from healthy foods rather than junk food.

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