The female body goes through significant changes during pregnancy and works very hard during the birth of the baby. When a new mother comes home, she is mentally very happy but probably not physically fit. The process of getting a new mother’s body back to shape and in a fit condition takes a little time and should be done gradually and sensibly.
To be fit after pregnancy, it is important to allow the excess weight to come off slowly. You should aim to give yourself around six months to get your figure back in shape naturally before trying out restricted diets. In the early days of motherhood your body needs some additional energy and nutrients to meet the extra requirements of feeding and looking after your body. You should never compromise on that.
To be fit after pregnancy, there are simple rules that every new mother should follow, and however difficult it is to find time from a new born baby’s needs, she should try and fit in the following:
The stomach muscles and skin become distended and stretched during pregnancy and child birth, and they need toning up. Pelvic floor exercises during pregnancy helps the muscles to recover quickly after childbirth. Your doctor would be able to guide you according to your specific needs.
Bowel movements sometimes get irregular after childbirth. Eating a variety of fibre rich food ( e.g. wholemeal bead, fibre rich breakfast cereals, fruits and vegetables etc.), drinking plenty of fluids and some gentle exercise like walking helps regularising the system.
The three pilates based exercises that helps immensely to get fit after pregnancy are:
Please remember that you should introduce moderate exercise after your body has recovered enough postpartum (usually two months), to get fit after pregnancy. And always check with your doctor before you start.
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