Even thinking about trying to get back into shape after having a baby is brutal. Especially if it is your first baby and you have no idea what to expect or where to start.
Believe it or not, postpartum exercise has many more benefits than just getting your pre baby body back.
Postpartum exercise can:
- Improve your mood
- Increase your energy (which every mother needs!)
- Reduce risk of postpartum depression
- Boost your confidence
Here are my best tips for easing your way back into exercise after having a baby:
Walking can be the best thing you do for your body right after delivery. If you’ve had a C-section, walking is one of the biggest ways you can promote healing. The key is to take it slow and gradually work up to a normal pace. If you are nervous about where to start, just ask your doctor what he/she recommends.
After my C-section, I spent many mornings and evenings walking up and down our driveway while pushing the stroller.
Being pregnant and delivering a baby can totally throw your body out of whack. Yoga can resolve a lot of the postpartum soreness that your body feels.
- Yoga can relieve back pain from pregnancy.
- Yoga can relieve shoulder pain from lifting the baby and from holding the baby to breastfeed.
- Yoga can help strengthen the abdominal muscles without putting too much strain on them.
This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Poise and Walmart.
Only do what feels right and what you and your doctor discuss is right for you. When you decide you are ready, here are a few free postnatal yoga classes you can follow along with online:
After you have a baby things might not be quite right in the bladder area and that is okay. Light bladder leakage is an issue that the majority of women deal with after giving birth.
When you begin to exercise again it might be difficult to not leak a little as you get into more vigorous activities. That’s where you need Impressa to help!
Impressa stops leaks before they actually happen. You can by it in the feminine care aisle at Walmart and it inserts just like a tampon does. Wearing a bulky pad while you workout because of light bladder leakage is just not necessary anymore. The best part is… it actually works just like they say it does.
The sizing kit is pictured above, which is what you need to figure out which size (1,2, or 3) works best for you. Start with size one and if you are still having leaks then move up to size two then three, until Impressa is completely preventing bladder leakage from happening! After you know what size is best for you, purchase the full sized pack at Walmart.
Exercising and being able to be active with our children is essential for boosting our confidence as women and mothers. Impressa is allowing women to get back to that without feeling ashamed of the natural effects of childbirth!
Kegel exercises help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. During pregnancy and labor these muscles really take a beating and often times aren’t up for the job they are intended to do by the end of it.
Doing kegel exercises during and after your pregnancy have many benefits such as:
- Preventing complications during and after birth
- Boosting sex drive
- Preventing bladder inconsistence
- Speed up healing after childbirth
Hydration & Nutrition
In order to heal properly and train your body to go back to normal, you must fuel your body with water and adequate foods. If you are breastfeeding, you need up to 500 more calories per day to produce enough milk for your baby.
Eat healthy calories and drink the recommended amount of water per day based on your weight in order to help your body get back into shape.
If you are more of a visual person like myself and love to track your habits and write them down, I created this FREE fitness tracker printable! Using it will help you to see if you are improving over time or if you need to reevaluate your new fitness routine.
Click on the link below to open the free pdf download of the Fitness Tracker!