There are many bodily changes that come with pregnancy. The CDC reports how women typically gain anywhere between 11 to 40 lbs during this time. Due to inflammation and aches, it might also be difficult to stay active while carrying a child. Because of this, many new moms make it a goal to get back into shape after giving birth.
However, because of the different changes your body went through, it is important to first speak with a professional to ease your way into the process. Consulting with a healthcare worker on when and how to restart your exercise routine is crucial to prevent any complications. Fortunately, telemedicine allows for new moms to talk to skilled healthcare providers easily. Case in point, services from remote nurse practitioners in North Carolina allow you to consult with highly qualified medical professionals from the comfort of your own home, so you don’t have to leave your new baby behind while you go to an appointment. They will be able to recommend you with a routine that suits your needs and goals, as they carry sufficient education in different aspects of health. They are also licensed to give treatment, so consulting with them means you are getting effective expert advice.
Once you get the go signal from your healthcare provider, here are some of the ways you can get back into fitness as a new mom:
Do at-home workouts
For new moms, one of the biggest struggles is being away from their babies. Thankfully, there are many at-home workout programs that you can do. Video sharing site YouTube hosts fitness channels that promote exercises that you can do from the comfort of your own house. Pamela Reif is best known for her focus on strengthening abs and glutes, while Tone It Up is perfect for moms who don’t have a lot of time but want to squeeze in a quick workout. At-home exercises allow you to stay fit while still being able to keep an eye on your baby.
If you feel comfortable bringing your newborn outside already, you can also try jogging. Not only is it a great way to get some cardio in, but your baby will also be able to experience the world around them. You can put them in a stroller, there are even specific running pushchairs available, so you can simply push them around while working out. The pushchair can also serve as a carrier for things you might need for your child such as a diaper bag, milk bottles, and toys to keep them entertained. This means you can get fresh air in, without having to leave your baby at home.
Join a mommy fitness group
There are many mommy fitness groups today where you can take your baby with you during classes. Some groups have an on-site sitter to look after your newborn, while some classes also incorporate your baby into the exercise. You might even find new friends who are going through the same issues as you, building camaraderie and a strong bond as you go through the postpartum phase.
Fitness isn’t always about working out. There are many other factors that can come into play, such as your diet. This doesn’t mean restrictive eating; rather, your diet should help you attain the right amount of calories and nutrients to keep your body fit. You can choose to work with a professional who can tell you exactly what kind of foods you should be consuming — and which you should be avoiding. Just be sure to check if they are certified as some states regulate these professions. For example, dietitians and nutritionists in Pennsylvania are required to have supporting education and pass the licensing exam. Working with a reputable professional will get you the best meal plan possible.
Get enough rest
Some people might not consider rest when it comes to fitness, but health and sleep are deeply interconnected. The Sleep Foundation states that enough rest can prevent cravings for junk food, sugars, and carbohydrates. It can also give you more energy to not only care for your newborn, but also pursue exercise activities. While it is difficult to get a full eight hours when dealing with a baby, you can still try to squeeze in naps when your child is also asleep. You can also seek support from friends and family, so you can get the rest that you need.
Written exclusively for sportportactive.com
By Jesse Kim