5 “Get Your Body Back After Baby” Workout Tips

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Get Your Body Back After Baby Workout Tips

5  Steps  To Help You Get Back Into Your Workout Routine Safely & Effectively

Yes, as Moms we ALL know what a miracle it is to bring a new life into this world. Our bodies have undergone some amazing changes to make this blessing possible. But now that your baby is here, the very next thing on your agenda is to get your body back after baby! Follow these 5 training tips to start off safely and kick start the post baby fat burn.

#1 When To Start

Right Now! As long as you did not experience complications or additional surgeries during delivery and are not under doctor’s orders to stay off your feet, you can get moving within the first week of giving birth.

The “waiting game” is starting to fade out. This is especially true if you exercised throughout your pregnancy. Your body will actually CRAVE activity – I know mine did! Even if your doctor gives you the standard “Do not exercise for six weeks” Rx, speak up! Show your Dr.  the list of exercises you want to do. Also, do not just ask to “exercise” — be specific.

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Before you start however, here are some important safety tips.

-          Listen to your Body

I cannot stress this enough. If at any time you feel discomfort, pain, light headedness, nausea or experience bleeding STOP immediately, do not try to push through it. Either take the time you need to recover and/or share this information with your Dr.

-          Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water before, during and after you workout sessions, especially if you are breastfeeding

-          Do not to overdo it!

Doing too much too soon, jumping into rigorous activity, lifting heavy weights, will only lead to trouble. Your muscles and ligaments need time to recoup. They are overly flexible due to the hormones easily stretched so more prone to injury. Plus you risk burning yourself out. Chronic pain can result from premature sessions of running, stepping or weight lifting with misaligned posture and loose joints and ligaments.

 

#2 What Can you DO

Pelvic floor and core activation exercises can be started as soon as possible after birth. Pelvic floor exercises such as Kegels  should be started asap and can be done anywhere.  These foundational exercises can hasten the restorative process, improve your posture, flatten your abdominal muscles, and prepare you to return to your favorite strength training routine. The sooner you start, the sooner your body responds.

Walking is a must and you can do this as soon as you feel comfortable to do so. I had Baby Alexander strapped to me in a carrier and was out the door one week after we came home from the hospital.

 

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Baby and Me 2 weeks Postpartum

From here you will then ease into a body weight strength and intervals training program. As you regain strength and endurance and your body is responding positively to your workouts, you can then gradually begin to increase the intensity of your routine.

 

#3 Battle of the Mommy Belly

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The most common concern of new moms  is how to get rid of the jelly belly! Many worry if a flatter, more toned tummy is even possible to achieve again. Yes it is.  As long as you follow an effective exercise program and a supportive nutrition plan, the process burning off the mommy belly fat is not as hard as you think.

If you consistently performed core strengthening exercises and worked out throughout your pregnancy, this process will be easier.

There are some great exercises you can do to bring your abdominal muscles back together, rebuild your core and help you regain a flat tummy…. just avoid jumping into intense exercise too soon, before your abdominal or pelvic floor muscles are ready  and avoid CRUNCHES.

 

The traditional Crunch is one of the worst exercises you can do after having a baby – especially if you have Diastasis Recti (abdominal separation).

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Crunches can actually increase the gap! Plus crunches only target one of several ab muscles — primarily the Rectus Abdominus  (your six pack muscles) which is one of the most overstretched muscle groups during pregnancy and your obliques. These muscles easily overpower the weaker internal abdominal muscle (the Transverse Abdominus) during crunch-like exercises which can cause your abdominal wall to bulge out!

 

The secret to flattening your post baby mommy belly is….

work from the inside out

In addition to cleaning up what you eat, your focus must be on rebuilding strength and control of your Transverse Abdominus – your deepest core muscle.  This muscle compresses the abdominal wall, acts like a corset, draws the belly button closer to the spine and is the body’s most important core stabilizer.

 

Effective Post Baby Core Exercises include …

The “drawing in” maneuver –  You can lie on your back, on your side or get on all fours – contract and hold your deep core muscles as you imagine drawing your belly button in toward your spine – and hold for count of 10 as you breathe.

Here’s a Mommy Belly Makeover Video that demonstrates How To Get Started with your post baby core exercises:

 

 

Plank variations which are most effective when you perform sets of 10-second holds with a brief rest between sets instead of holding for 30-60+ seconds at a time.

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#4 Make It Easy To Exercise

To make the most of your post baby workout plan, set up a routine that you can stick to.

Consistency is KEY to your success. Make it easy on yourself and workout at home. Create a workout space in a convenient corner of your home. Have your equipment set up and ready to go, so whenever baby naps or is playing – you can grab a quick 10-15 minute workout.

Yes, 15 minutes is all you need when you are following an effective workout plan. As a busy mom – there’s just no time for hour long workouts , plus who has the energy! 15 minutes of the right type of exercise will make you feel amazing and give you more energy to get through the day no matter how exhausted you were to begin with.

 

#5 Results

The final and most important tip when focusing on how to get your body back after baby….setting realistic goals. Believing that getting back to your pre-pregnancy shape will happen immediately is a surefire way to become frustrated, give up and settle for a “Mom Body”.

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These are my Day 6 to  21 Weeks Post Baby Body Results

While many factors impact your results, including how much weight you gained, your diet before, during and after pregnancy, your exercise program and intensity, care available postpartum, etc. a realistic goal is about a pound a week.  You may notice a huge difference in your body during the first two weeks after delivery, when you lose much of the accumulated pregnancy-related fluid. After that, loss of fat stores is up to you which will gradually decrease over a period of four to six months as long as you follow through with consistency.

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Now all that’s left is to tell you to get started! Waiting ….for the perfect time, when you have more energy, when you’ve lost some weight – all excuses. Putting off your workout plan now, makes it that much harder to get started later.

Easing back into your exercise routine will not only help get your body back after baby—well for the women I work with, they get an even BETTER body back, doing so will only help to improve your mood and boost your energy levels.

Have fun getting started and if you need any help – that’s what I’m here for!

You can join me at ClubFYM.com or grab one of the Fit Yummy Mummy Fat Loss Resources  – you can see all of them at a glance >> Here >> FYM Store

If you have questions or comments – just leave them below!

 

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13 Responses to “5 “Get Your Body Back After Baby” Workout Tips”

  1. kpreto says:

    Hi Holly, No one really informed me about limiting my exercise or doing abs after having my baby, so I started up within 20 days post partum. I am back to my pre-baby weight, but feel like I still look 15 weeks prego. Is it possible that doing abs prematurely following labor that I could have damaged my rectus abdominus and increased the gap?

  2. Stella says:

    Thanks…I needed to read and see this.

  3. Lot Teliaken says:

    Wow, can’t wait to get started on these helpful and interesting points

  4. Dani from Down Under says:

    I can’t wait to start!!! Zali is 5 weeks so I’m waiting another week to ease back into things after my pelvis/pubis dysfunction. Hoping to clip onto the last 6 weeks of the FTC and finish with all the girls! Thanks for the timely post Holly. XxDani

  5. Nancy says:

    hey Holly!

    Im about 13 weeks postpartum and when i delivered my boy, i had a bit of anemia and an small episiotomy(not sure how thats spelled) i was wondering if it would be ok to begin working out? i also EBF. When i went to my 6 week postpartum checkup, it was really quick and told me everything was good, just to keep drinking iron pills for the anemia. Up to this day idk if i still have that. Would it be ok to begin working out? Thanks!

  6. Miriam says:

    Hi Holly
    Thank you! I’ve been wondering… If I can fit in some extra time to exercise each week – i.e. more than 90 minutes …. can I do 15mins each day for a few days in a row, rather than 1 day on, 1 day off???
    Thanks!

  7. Maria says:

    Hey Holly, thanks for your blog. Hey I have worked out for a long time and am in good shape and worked out thru all my pregnancies also and only gained like 15-20 pounds during each one. I wanted to ask you have you had to deal with having hanging skin around your tummy? I mean when I am standing my stomach looks very toned and flat but when I do planks some of my skin hangs down. I know I didn’t have that after my first pregnancy. Just wonder if u had any tips and if u experienced this too. Thanks.

  8. Dawn says:

    Thanks Holly for thinking about me. I agree you are an inspiration! Love the video … and your baby is just TOO CUTE!!! I’m starting slow… finally got my book put together and am starting to get moving. Love the tip about the stomach muscles and will work on pulling it in.

  9. Naomi Most says:

    Just out of curiosity, Holly (and since it affects daily caloric expenditure): did you breastfeed / are you breastfeeding?

  10. Amber says:

    Holly,
    Having just been though a pregnancy yourself, do you have some tips for maintaining workouts throughout the pregnancy – maybe suggested exercises? I’m 16 weeks with #3 and finally over morning sickness and want to stay active! Your plan really helped me after #2.

    Thanks!

  11. Marie says:

    Great advice! Thanks for sharing the pictures, too – inspirational!

  12. Nicole says:

    Tomorrow Peanut & I will be 25 weeks into this pregnancy…I can’t THANK YOU enough for this email. I’m not trying to rush things but I can’t wait to find out what Peanut is and get back to getting my pre-pregnancy body back and have even better abs that I had before our 3 babies. Thank you for your all your hard work and all your motivations. It means a lot. Thank you, Nicole~

  13. Susan says:

    You are an inspiration! :) Thanks for the info.

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