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Stress Relieving Post Partum Exercises

May 31, 2008
In addition to postpartum exercise, every new mother should learn a few relaxation techniques to help them stay sharp, focused, and relaxed. When you as a mother feel at the top of your form, you will find that you are more loving, more attentive to you child, and very easy-going. It is important that you relieve stress because even a newborn baby can pick up on your tension.

Set Aside Postpartum Self-Time:

The first thing you need to do is set a time out of each day to be able to do some postpartum exercises and some stress relief exercises. You could combine them by joining a relaxing yet invigorating Tai Chi or Yoga class, or you could do them at different times during the day.

If you do not wish to leave your baby or have no one to watch them for you, purchase an exercise DVD that you can exercise to while your child is napping or sitting in the bouncy seat or swing where you can easily keep and eye on them.

Stress relieving relaxation exercises are designed to relax your muscles and lower your blood pressure. It should invoke calmness of your emotions and make your body feel light, not heavy with stress. Meditation and deep breathing exercises are simple to learn, but they take time to master.

Even if you attempt them for only five minutes a day, you are learning to reduce the stress in your life. This is one of the reasons Yoga is so popular. It helps you train your mind to meditate, you learn to breathe properly, and the exercises move your body and make you use your muscles.

Postpartum exercises allow the body to release chemicals called endorphins. This substance is produced naturally in our bodies and they act as stimulants. When they are released, they give you a natural high. Moving, even if it is just taking a walk, releases endorphins. The more you move, however, the more you release. Aerobics is a good way to get the heart pumping, shape the body, and release endorphins. If you have ever taken an aerobics class, think about how good you felt afterwards.

You Have Plenty Of Options For Postpartum Stress Relief:

Other stress relieving postpartum exercises can include taking a hike on a nature trail, swimming, playing a sport that you enjoy, or simply go out for a day of pampering on the days you do not participate in physical activity. The beauty of postpartum exercises is twofold - stress relief and help in reshaping your body. Remember, there is nothing that says your exercising has to be highly physical.

Whatever your particular stress relief exercise is, make sure you always stretch to loosen and warm up your muscles, especially if this is the first time since you've had the baby. You do not want to get muscle cramps or cause damage to your body. That is the fastest way to discourage you. Put on some appropriate music and let yourself go with the flow and watch all your stress wash away for awhile.
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