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The well deserved days of all-day-long baby cuddles are reaching an end as you start to feel stuck. Not moving for a while will do that to you.
You feel stuck on the couch, stuck in a no-routine routine, and stuck in an postpartum body that you are truthfully, unsure about at the moment. Am I right, or am I right?
Well, you have come to the right place beautiful Mama!
You already know what I am about to say, but don’t exit out of this entire post thinking, “same old, same old”. Keep reading.
Get cleared by your doctors or midwives Mama. You’re like, “yeah yeah, I know”. But in all seriousness, this is extremely important. They can check for dangerous scenarios like Diastasis Recti, abnormal bleeding, or slower healing which is a must before even thinking about working out.
Listen to not just your body, your mind too.
Do you have enough energy to even attempt to workout? If you do, is your mind in the right place?
Remember, it takes 9 months to grow a baby and at least that for yourself to “go back to normal” (okay, yes I know, we will never be totally normal again; but let’s face it, do we even want to be #motherhoodrocks).
You’re going to love this one, I just know it! Invest in some workout gear.
A good nursing sports bra for when baby needs a nursing break, a good pair of compression leggings that make you feel tight and held together, and maybe even some new shoes because sometimes our tootsies grow a bit after our preggo days!
Feeling good get’s you far, so splurge a little bit Mama! If anyone deserves it, you do!
Eat before you begin your workout.
Especially for my breastfeeding mamas on here, this is ESSENTIAL!
Don’t think, “no time to eat, have to workout before baby wakes up”. Been there, done that, almost passed out.
Think about it, your body is nurturing and feeding another human for the most part, non-stop. You need to fuel your body so it has enough energy to be mom and exercise.
Obviously begin slow, and walking is a good start; but your core (tummy, belly, midriff muscles, breadbasket whatever you call your abdominal muscles) should be your main focus.
As your breadbasket (I like that one), just stretched while your baby happily grew inside of you, so did your muscles and tendons. This means, before doing anything else, your core should be strengthened.
Here’s an easy way to strengthen your core:
While going for a walk, or anytime really, flex your abdominal muscles for 10 seconds and then release. Do this 5 more times. Increase the amount of seconds as you start to feel stronger and don’t forget to breathe while flexing.
Important Note: You should NEVER start strengthening your core with crunches, as crunches will cause too much strain on your belly postpartum. It’s always best to take things slow.
If you are a breastfeeding mama, make sure to feed your baby before beginning your workout. This way, you will have less interruptions, (I said less, not none) and more time to not rush your movements.
DO NOT, under any circumstance, compare yourself to another mama. I know, easier said than done and I’m guilty of it too. Do your best to remember that we are ALL different. All of us have a different birth story and therefore, all of us will recover differently. Be patient with yourself and enjoy the early moments of being a mom.
Looking for encouragement mama? shoot me a message. We are in this together!
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