When experienced parents wish new and younger parents “good luck,” their intention is clearly about the newborn, but they may also offer best wishes to new parents’ for the life-altering addition. Obviously, parents especially mothers have more things to deal with; although new fathers have no worry about getting back to shape, it’s very likely that the child will mean father’s busy schedule is about to get a lot tighter.
Many mothers think that their fitness goals must be put on hold until the child goes off to high school? Surely not. (But if you answer “yes,” there is a serious fitness issues that you should address and if you say “no,” you have a bigger change to return to your pre-pregnancy condition.) With cagey planning and a little fine-tuning, both mother and father can return to their workout routine and become even more energetic.
When we consider the female part of the equation, generally there are a couple of major concerns for a new mother. First, even though children have been around for sometime, new parents often wake up and think, “Does the baby come with an instruction manual on dealing with an erratic sleeping, frequently crying, constantly pooping and peeing machine?” (Admittedly, it is the less-romantic perspective of young family and early childhood, but it’s also a major concern for new moms, especially breastfeeding moms who are forced to wake up every two or three hours at night.) The second less-immediate concern is to return to the slim and attractive look before a pregnancy.
While we can’t tell you why babies come without instruction manuals, luckily we can give you a few tips on returning to your previous look and looking out for ways to work out despite your new, busy lifestyle. Fortunately, nature has provided us, human being, with some neat tricks. Normally, a woman gains around 35 pounds when she is getting ready to deliver the baby. Of course, a good deal of those pounds is gone when the baby leaves mother’s womb in the hospital ward. Afterward, it’s a good idea to nurse your baby, as breastfeeding allows mothers to burn through calories steadily. (Breastfeeding burns more calories than pregnancy.)
Understandably, pregnancy plays havoc on women body. Not only have new moms gained dozens of pounds, their muscles tend to stretch badly and their energy reserve is seriously sapped. Put differently, you can’t expect to bounce back so soon and start scale the mountain. The first six months of caring a baby is as challenging as the Everest itself. It will take a while for your hormones and internal system to get your body back in shape and your muscles needs time to regain strength. Start with consistency and patience when restarting your exercise routine with the Junior in tow.
As a matter of fact, for new, breastfeeding mothers, the important thing isn’t so much about shedding weight but also to regain stronger muscle. Of course, if you’ve been performing exercises during your pregnancy and you may jump back to your workout routine. Either way, an often overlooked point for regaining your former figure is by exercising extreme patience. With all significant life changes, you should regain your strength and establish a sensible daily routine with the new child, only then you can start thinking about getting back to shape. In the interim, eat healthy diet, walk with the child, and remain patient. Other than visiting a lactation consultant, you may also go back to your favorite gym pumping iron.
There are many factors that determine how quickly you can resume the exercise regime after your sweetheart is born. If you have exercised during your pregnancy, have an easy vaginal delivery, and feel particularly fit, then you can return to your exercise schedule as soon as two weeks after the delivery. The important thing is to listen to your instinct and your body. If you’re not ready for the gym yet, you should do pelvic floor and isometric abdominal exercises to improve the healing process. Ask the doctor when you can begin a light exercise, like walking for 30 minutes at a moderate pace each day.
Since your baby needs a lot of attention, she should take precedence over all else, mothers are expected to be creative about where and how they sneak in some workouts. If you have your mom or a babysitter at home, this would be fairly easy; but if you don’t, you should put some more effort.
However, most babies can sleep faster with repeated motions. If you stuff your sweetheart into a backpack or snugly and hit the road, you are likely to give her a relaxing nap and get a nice workout. The fresh, outdoor air will do both of you a world of good.
You can use a treadmill next to your infant’s crib and run while she takes a nap. Not only did you get to work out, your snoozing baby can sleep securely knowing the mother is close by.
Since it took 9 months for your body to produce a baby, it’s insane to expect to return to your previous body weight in two weeks. On the flip side, there’s no reason to sit back and delay your effort after two weeks of delivery. While some experts suggest that you should lose a couple of pounds a week until you get back to your desired weight, don’t consider it as a fixed goal. The key is to use up more calories than you consume, and steadily lose weight. Once you continue the exercise regime, your body may get back to its former weight.