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10 Tips to Kickstart Your Fitness Journey Post Baby


January 22, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Mother & Baby Care


10 Tips to Kickstart Your Fitness Journey Post Baby | Baby & Beyond

Last month, I hosted a fitness challenge for moms on Instagram. Moms who participated had goals ranging from fitting into their old pair of jeans, to doing head stands, to giving up chocolate! But the number one thing on every mom’s mind was how to lose that post pregnancy weight and get fit post baby.

 

It is natural to want to shed weight post pregnancy, but it is important to do it in a balanced and healthy way. Crash diets and high intensity workouts soon after delivery can cause complications for you as well as your baby (remember that your baby is going to be very dependent on you for the initial few months, regardless of whether you are breastfeeding or not).

 

At this stage your focus should not be just on dropping kilos, but on overall fitness – regaining muscle strength, firming up that post-pregnancy body, strengthening your pelvic floor and overall feeling healthy and positive about yourself.

 

“A balanced diet combined with regular paced exercise and sufficient rest is the safest way to kickstart your fitness journey post baby.”

 

 

Here are a few tips to keep in mind to get fit post baby:

 

1. Check with your doctor before starting any fitness regime:

Give your body time to recover and heal from the pregnancy and delivery. Check with your doctor before beginning any workout.Also discuss the kind and intensity of exercises you intend to start. You may be advised to avoid certain exercises that put pressure on your pelvic floor, or focus on certain exercises that will help build strength.

 

2. Set realistic goals:

Don’t push yourself too hard. Even if the workout is something you were used to doing before pregnancy, remember that your body has undergone significant changes and may take time to go back to its former fitness level. Be realistic about your expectations from your body to avoid feeling demotivated.

 

3. Start small:

Don’t feel pressured into joining a gym or classes if you don’t feel ready yet. In fact as a new mom you probably may not even find you have the time for it. Start small with a daily 30 minutes walk or few basic yoga stretches at home.

Start small with a few basic stretches at home | Baby & Beyond

Start small with a few basic stretches at home. Image source: Fabletics

4. If you can’t seem to find the time:

Even getting some work done around the house running behind an active toddler counts as exercise! Try to take the stairs instead of the elevator, or walk to the grocery store instead of driving. You will also find some fun exercises to do using your baby as weight. It’s great bonding time and no longer a problem if you don’t have anyone to watch your baby while you workout.

 

5. Do not skip meals; Eat regular, small meals:

Do not fall into the trap of dieting at this stage. Your body needs a healthy, balanced diet to cater to your and your baby’snutritional needs. Skipping meals will leave you tired and low on energy. Remember that your baby’s demands are going to be your priority throughout the day or night, so you need to be high on energy. Instead eat frequent meals of smaller portions throughout the day.

 

6. Stay hydrated:

Drinking sufficient water will help prevent dehydration (especially important if you are also breastfeeding) and will also improve metabolism. You can also include fresh fruit juices, milkshakes, soups etc. in your diet.

 

7. Find the right workout wear for you:

You need workout wear and inner wear that will be supportive yet comfortable for your post-pregnancy body as well as allow better movement while exercising. Not to mention, workout clothes that make you look good and feel confident would give you that extra motivation to stay on target with your fitness goals! Fabletics is one such brand that offers stylish and high quality workout gear that is supportive yet comfortable enough.

Look for clothes that are supportive yet comfortable - Baby & Beyond

Look for clothes that are supportive yet comfortable. Image source: Fabletics

8. This includes the right shoes as well:

Relaxin hormone released during pregnancy can make your joints unstable for a few months after delivery as well. You need to ensure you are using the right shoes to avoid injuring your knee and ankle joints.

 

9. Get sufficient rest:

As hard as that is for a new mom to follow, getting sufficient rest will aid in speeding up your body’s recovery process, not to mention help you feel refreshed and recharged.

 

10. Reduce stress:

As a new mom, you will undoubtedly have a thousand things on your mind. It is no secret that stress can adversely affect our health and trigger binge eating. Don’t feel guilty about accepting help every now and then. Use the me-time to relax with a good book, music, movie, bubble bath – whatever it is that helps you unwind and makes you happy.

Use the me-time to unwind and do whatever it is that makes you happy - Baby & Beyond

Use the me-time to unwind and do whatever it is that makes you happy. Image source: Fabletics


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post but the views expressed here are my own. This is a general information post and should not be mistaken for professional medical advice.

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Comments
  1. Zainab said on January 24, 2018 9:24 am:

    Those are super points! Sufficient rest is so important to not have any injury! Also, we should take it slow!

  2. Sejal Khanna said on January 24, 2018 11:21 am:

    Excellent points. It’s all about not forgetting yourself, prioritising and time management. Fit people are happy people. And we all know happy mommies = happy babies (And of course vice versa).

    1. Baby & Beyond said on January 24, 2018 11:23 am:

      Well said Sejal! As new moms we feel guilty about prioritizing ourselves without realizing that our health actually has an impact on baby’s health too.

  3. Alpana Deo said on January 25, 2018 6:03 pm:

    Very practical pointers. Starting small and setting realistic goals is very important. Post pregnancy moms get sensitive towards their appearance and weight. Setting realistic goals and taking one day at a time will help them in finding joy in doing what they are doing.

  4. Priyadarshani Panda said on January 26, 2018 2:59 am:

    Staying hydrated and starting small is the best thing to do..though finding time with toddler seems difficult but is not impossible…i try and dance jump with my little one

  5. Neha said on January 26, 2018 4:49 pm:

    These are great tips! I try exercising around my daily chores like walking for grocery and taking stairs. These things really help

  6. Kavita Singh said on January 27, 2018 9:54 pm:

    These are wonderful tips to start our fitness regime easily. I took part in the challenge as well. Thank you for sharing this..

  7. Monika Sehdev said on January 28, 2018 5:03 pm:

    You inspired me loads Momma. Thanks For Sharing these wonderful health tips.

  8. Rohini James said on January 29, 2018 7:32 am:

    These are very sensible tips for new moms. The most important thing to remember is to start slowly. Take it slowly and be regular, the rest will follow.

  9. Amrita Basu (Misra) said on January 29, 2018 10:04 am:

    Hydration small meals,rest and exercise are best to get tge weightloss started.Great post.