If you’re a new mommy, it will be an understatement to say that you have a lot on your plate! There’s a newborn to take care of, postpartum feelings to be managed and tons of advises to be juggled. In addition, you’re also wondering when things will get back to normal, starting with your weight!
Getting rid of the post pregnancy, baby weight is an ideal combination of diet and exercise, which doesn’t happen overnight! So mommies, brace yourselves as we bring you the healthiest possible ways to lose post pregnancy weight!
Take note, mommies!
Benefits of Postnatal exercises!
Postnatal exercises to knock that baby weight off!
Pelvic Floor Muscles Exercise: Your pelvic floor muscles get weakened after enduring, all the strain from the delivery and the hormonal changes. To strengthen and regain control over these muscles, you need to hold and squeeze them in. It feels quite like when you stop urine in midstream, but do not practice this exercise when you’re actually passing urine.
Sit or lie down comfortably. Continue breathing as you squeeze, draw up the pelvic muscles, then hold for few counts hold and finally release the muscles.
Abdominal bracing Exercise: This exercise can be done when you’re standing or lying down. Simply contract your stomach in slowly. Do not pull or push your abs. This exercise activates all the layers of your abdominal muscles along with the muscles deep in your lower back.
Pelvic Tilts: Lie down with knees bent and hands by your side. Flatten your lower back against the floor and slowly lift your hips off the floor. Hold for ten seconds then gently lower your hips. Breathe in when you lower your hips and breathe out as you lift.
Knee rolls: Lie down with your knees bent. Now bring your knees closer to your chest and hug them. Inhale and gently roll over to one side as you exhale. Come back to the first position then slowly repeat on the other side. Repeat!
Brisk Walking: When you are too lazy for other exercises, go take a walk! Walking is one of the safest exercises to initiate weight loss. You can start taking your baby out of the house once you feel he/she’s old enough. Sing and talk to your little one as you walk, you won’t even know you’ve completed your exercise!
Cycling or Swimming: Cycling and swimming are both amazing exercises and they burn calories really quick. But wait for a minimum of eight weeks after your delivery to attempt these!
Exercise for 5 to 10 minutes daily when you begin. Gradually increase the time of your workout. Ideally a workout should last from 30 to 50 minutes per day.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Postnatal Exercise!
P.S: Getting a fitter body is more important than getting into your pre-pregnancy jeans. Don’t compare your weight loss journey to anybody else’s as each body responds differently. Remember, you are and always will be, a yummy mummy!
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