“Can I ever get my pre-baby body back?” The answer is “Yes”!
Many moms love their body even more after kids, as YOU should! You did after all go through a crazy 9 months of body changes, supporting another human being, delivering baby, nursing, & on top of that forget even thinking about hormonal changes!
Take that times 2 or 3 babies…that’s a lot going on for one body to handle. Don’t be so hard on yourself but realize you need to make you a priority.
Postpartum Exercise Safety Guidelines
Before you start, however, here are a couple of important general safety tips:
- Listen to your Body! If at any time you feel discomfort, pain, light headedness,
nausea or experience bleeding STOP immediately — do not try to push through it. Your body is trying to tell you that you need more recovery time, and you should probably speak to your doctor.
- Stay Hydrated. Drink plenty of water before, during and after your workout sessions – especially if you are breastfeeding. Always carry a bottle of water, preferably not plastic. (Remember, if you are thirsty, then you are dehydrated)
There are several workouts (including options for more advanced users), and an enclosed booklet helps structure which ones you do when. Each workout is no longer than 25 minutes, which is great when you have a baby. There’s also an option to play the video with music only, without the instructor’s commentary.
One of the best workout DVD’s I’ve seen. Highly recommended.
How to Get Started Postpartum:
- Begin restrengthening your deep core, including your pelvic floor soon postpartum.
- Be sure you get clearance from your doctor before you get back to exercising (doing more than walking & kegels, that is).
- Then start doing what you were in your 3rd trimester for exercise.
- NO crunches! Yet, anyways….you knew that was coming!
- After 6-10 weeks post-baby you need to check to see if you have any separation. Lie flat on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on floor & do a little crunch (ok so you have to do a crunch to check). Try drawing your abs together as best as you can, then press up & down your midline of your belly from your sternum to your pubic bone with 2 fingers. If your abs are connected, they should feel pretty solid (that’s not to say there isn’t a layer of baby fat on top – which can eventually go away). If you are able to press in between your muscles/ feel a space, then you have separation.
- If you do have separation, (or even if you don’t) the Pilates-Infused Functional DVD workouts will help strengthen your deep core muscles along with your entire body. By starting to focus on strengthening from the inside out. Always thinking about doing your kegels by gently lifting your pelvic floor, then scooping in & up on your abdominals, & sinking your ribcage. Don’t be frustrated if you can’t get all those tips or even feel any “ab” muscles in the beginning but you gotta start somewhere.