Home » Health » Fitness

Getting Your Body Back After Having A Baby

Apr 4, 2008
Losing weight after having a baby is tricky. You should talk to your doctor before starting any post-baby weight loss regimen. Most doctors will suggest waiting six weeks after having a baby to start dieting and exercising; women who have had C-sections also need to wait until they get a doctor's approval. If you are nursing, dieting is not recommended until much later because you will actually be eating a little more for milk production. Your doctor will be able to pinpoint a safe daily caloric intake.

Once you get a doctor's approval, there are many different ways to lose that baby weight. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. It took you nine months to put on that weight, and it should take about that long to take it off. You should aim for a 0.5-1.0 pound weight loss per week. Any more than that can be dangerous.

The other thing to keep in mind is that your body has changed a lot because of baby, so you may have to do things differently to get in shape. Exercises for new moms should start out gradually; you want to work up to an intense workout. It is important to start out slowly because you will notice that you are more tired and more worn out because of the demands that baby brings; doing too much at one time can be unhealthy.

There are lots of exercises that will get you back in shape after baby, and some of them can even be done with baby!

1) Take your baby for a walk around the neighborhood with the stroller! This is a great way to get outdoors and bond with baby! Walking daily or even walking on a weekly routine will do a lot to help burn some of that baby weight.
2) Dance around with baby! Doing a few 10 minute dance sessions a day will help burn some fat and it will be fun for baby, too!
3) Do a crunch workout when baby is napping. The belly area is the biggest problem area for new moms, and crunches will help you get your abdominals back in shape.
4) Lift weights. Doing a few 10 minute weight lifting sessions (using 3-5 pound weights) will make a big difference. The more muscle you build, the more fat your body will burn!
5) Find another new mom to workout with! Having a buddy will be very beneficial because it will give you someone to be accountable to; you might also be able to exchange baby-sitting sessions so you can go to the gym once you've worked up to gym workouts!

Workouts can be broken up into segments. Three 10-minute sessions are just as effective as one 30-minute session. HyperStrike has some helpful hints on finding time for fitness, and they also have some great exercises that require no equipment. This workout is easy to do at home!

Dieting can be tricky for new moms. Nursing moms have some additional nutrition requirements, but nursing moms can still watch their weight while providing for baby. Focusing on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will provide baby with the nutrition he needs and also give you a healthy alternative to eating a little bit more. The key to getting your body back after baby is taking it slow. Enjoy your new little one and take your time taking the weight off!
About the Author
Michael Greeves, CEO and founder of Hyperstrike, wanted to develop an affordable fitness program for individuals and athletes that could be customized to their personal abilities and goals, and be delivered to any one, any where, any time. Learn more about HyperStrike workout programs.
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 128
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources