**Before any exercise program, consult with your medical provider and/or OB/GYN to make sure you are physically able to do this program. ~ NURSE MOMMY
The birth of a child is usually one of the most memorable and exciting times in a woman’s life. Changes that take place, both in a new mother’s lifestyle and her body can be quite surprising. Getting back into shape after the birth of a child has many benefits to both mother and infant.
Just as a mother made health plans for baby during her pregnancy, like considering immunizations and umbilical cord blood banking, a mother needs to make post-delivery health considerations for herself. In addition to the obvious advantage of getting back into the pre-pregnancy clothes, new moms will also benefit from the energizing effect of exercise. Not only is exercise a natural combatant to the postpartum blues, it is a great way to enhance the quality sleep for new mothers. When newborn babies can wake an average of every two hours, being able to quickly return to a deep sleep is especially important.
Many mothers find that they can shed some excess weight by breastfeeding. Milk production requires a lot of calories and existing fat stores in the body are broken down to meet baby’s nutritional needs. A mother should be careful not to exercise too intensely while breastfeeding, as doing so can sour the taste of the milk or release toxins into the milk.
Finding time to exercise with a new infant can be a challenge. With a few easy adjustments to the schedule, it is possible to exercise and bond with baby at the same time. If the weather is nice, taking a walk with baby in a chest carrier or stroller is a wonderful way to get moving. If it isn’t possible to go outside, using a yoga DVD or squeezing in a few jumping jacks while baby is sleeping are clever ways for a mother to get her body back into shape without sacrificing time with baby.
Another inventive way to burn calories and tone muscles is to incorporate basic exercise moves into everyday household chores. Lunging while vacuuming the floor or taking a few extra trips upstairs with laundry can be a great way to multitask.
A mother should always listen to the cues her body gives her. If a mother feels in pain during any exercise, it is safe to say to stop performing that activity. Providing for baby and recovering from delivery are the most important goals for a mother. Exercising too soon or too intensely can prevent a mother from bouncing back from delivery.
Taking it slow and easy is the way to go for a new mom and caution should be used with any new or extreme fitness programs. With realistic expectations and a mind toward fun, getting back in shape after a new baby can be easier that it appears.
(This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche. If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26.)