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Top 5 Tips on Staying Healthy After Pregnancy

How to keep mother's health after childbirth

Pregnancy is one of the most dramatic transformations that your body needs to endure. While every bit of it is magical, it still presents stress for your entire system and you need to protect yourself from the negative effects as much as possible. Your baby needs its healthy mommy after those nine months, just like it needed your body to be healthy during the gestation period. Here are some interesting tips that will help you be a healthy mother your little bundle of joy deserves and needs.

Mom with her bundle of joy

Get a Thorough Medical Check

There are several things that can go wrong when you have your baby and you want to start doing some exercise. Your body should be recovering at least 6 weeks after you gave birth before slowly introducing it to physical exercise. Any wounds and stitches need to heal properly before attempting to do anything. Even then, you should visit your doctor and get some advice on what sort of activity you should start with. You need to check your blood pressure and you need to draw some blood for the analysis to check if you are strong enough for exercise.

Mother and baby bond

Start Slowly

Your doctor will probably tell you that long and steady walks are your first stop at getting your body back. Spend some time with the baby and push your stroller uphill if possible or make rounds around your block. Change the pace as you walk and mimic the HIIT program, with a much lower impact. If it hurts – it is time to stop. You can increase the intensity of your workouts in time. A lot of ladies opt for hiring an expert postnatal coach to help them with some useful tips and programs. There are also postnatal exercise groups which are amazing for the support and mingling with other new moms.

Relaxing time with baby

Strengthen Your Core Gradually

During pregnancy your six-pack divides into two columns. Keep in mind that their first role is not for you to look good, but to keep your body upright and to hold your intestines together inside your body. Therefore, proper alignment of these muscles is essential for many things that are going on inside your body. Your baby usually pushes those two fronts of your abdominal muscles apart. Therefore, you will probably need to lay off crunches and planks for a while. Moreover, everything that bulges or domes your muscles is not a good idea.

Babies will keep you busy

Throw in Some Cardio Whenever Possible

There are so many things that you do around the house and around the baby that you can easily turn into some good cardio workout. Lifting your baby from its cradle and putting it back is just one of them. If you position yourself properly, bend your knees and straighten your back, this will turn into a nice exercise. Your baby will love it. The same goes with washing, cooking and many more everyday chores. Get creative and you will get back in shape, bit by bit.

Exercising with baby

Work on Your Posture

Pregnancy can hurt your back. All that extra weight that you carry does not treat your spine and your back very nicely. As soon as you think that your back might be acting out, head to a clinic like Incline Health and seek for help. There are many ways to work on your posture. All of them will alleviate pain and help you build a stronger core, as well. Your six-pack also plays an important role in your back health and posture. So, keep in mind that you need to sit and stand straight whenever possible and make sure your muscles do their part in keeping you straight.

The entire idea is to get healthy, so you can feel better and you can be a healthy mother to your child. Therefore, while getting back in shape and boosting your health is a great goal, you should not push yourself to the limit. Steady and continuous effort that does not hurt you will have better effects than a shock therapy that will exhaust you and possibly make you hurt yourself. Keep that in mind, be persistent, listen to the experts and take it slowly.

All above images courtesy of Creative Commons

Diana Smith

Author bio:

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate writer. In her free time she enjoys writing interesting and informative posts on women's health and fitness related themes.

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