Are you a new mom beginning the journey to get back into shape after having your baby?
Parenting is an incredible experience and nothing can take away from that, but it’s only natural to want those pre-baby days of physical fitness and energy levels while simultaneously growing in love with your little one all day long.
You may be feeling frustrated or anxious about getting back into shape, not sure where to start or if you even have the time, and maybe even scared of overdoing it.
Listen to your body
Starting an exercise routine after giving birth can be daunting but taking it slow is key. Ease back into it: start with shorter, more manageable workouts and focus on how your body feels versus the amount of time you’re able to spend exercising.
Listen to your body: if something feels too uncomfortable, take a break or try adjusting your form. Don't forget to fuel up with healthy snacks before and after you exercise; protein helps repair your muscles, while complex carbs provide lasting energy.
Finally, give yourself some grace, being a new parent takes time to get used to! Let go of unrealistic expectations, and focus on doing what makes you feel good.
Time flies when pushing a stroller
Taking walks with a baby in the stroller after giving birth is a great way to start getting fit. Nothing beats stepping out into some fresh air and enjoying the scenery as you gently ease back into an exercise routine. Its also an easy activity to incorporate into your daily routine and quite enjoyable for your baby too; they get fascinated by their surroundings and sometimes even sleep peacefully!
Time flies when pushing a stroller, giving you the perfect opportunity to bond with your new-born while increasing your fitness level and improving overall health.
Give it a try - you may find yourself becoming addicted!
Stay hydrated and help replenish energy levels
Taking care of yourself after giving birth is incredibly important! Even if you feel exhausted and overwhelmed, it is crucial to ensure that you are getting enough fluids throughout the day and eating nutritious foods.
Drinking a lot of water is an excellent way to stay hydrated and help replenish energy levels. It’s also important to make sure that you get lots of fruits and veggies in your diet, such as highly nutritious options like spinach or cherries.
And if you don’t have time to make meals while taking care of your little one, healthy snacks like granola bars, trail mix, hummus with carrots, and yogurt packs may do the trick! Stay dialled in to your health – your body needs all the TLC it can get!
Exercises that are safe for pregnant women
If you're looking for some light exercise during pregnancy, Windsor personal trainers and gyms are a great way to go. Not only will they show you proper form for exercises that are safe for pregnant women, but they can also recommend modifications so that you can find the right level of intensity to suit your needs.
Yoga Windsor is another popular option these days, classes are available both online and through studios. Working with a personal trainer Windsor or an experienced yogi can help ensure that the poses you choose are gentle on your body while still providing enough of a challenge.
No matter what method works best for you, it's important to make sure that any exercises you do are safe and comfortable in order to protect both mother and child.
Sleep is essential for your physical and mental health
New motherhood can be an exciting but challenging time. With everything that you have to adjust to, it's important to remember that there are a few ways you can carry on taking care of yourself.
The best advice I can give new mothers is to get plenty of rest and carve out some time to relax whenever possible. Sleep is essential for your physical and mental health; research shows that new moms need extra sleep, more than they ever did before their baby arrived!
Meanwhile, taking a break from your duties, even if you're only able to dedicate 10 minutes a day will help you re-energise so you're ready to take on the next feeding or diaper change with ease.
So mamas, don't forget: sleep and relax - you've got this!
Take your time and focus on nourishing yourself
As a new mother, it can feel like the pressure is on to quickly ‘bounce back’ after the baby is born but it's important to remember that this process takes time and there should be no rush.
Don't get sucked into believing unrealistic expectations of your post-baby body. You are more than just another 'before and after' statistic! Instead, take your time and focus on nourishing yourself until you feel comfortable in your skin again.
Above all else, trust that your body knows what it’s doing, after all, it created a human being and don’t be too hard on yourself for not regaining fitness levels in record time.
Believe that with self-love and proper nutrition, you will eventually get there at the right pace for you.