Thursday, August 15, 2013

New Mom Fitness Rules - Post Pregnancy

Follow your Doctor’s Recovery Recommendations

Chat with your doctor and get a specific time frame for recovery before hitting the gym. I know you’re anxious to get your pre-baby body back but attacking the gym too soon can leave you with long-term problems. There are plenty of other things you can be doing to get back in shape.

Meal Prep Pre-Baby

With a new baby at home you’ll be exhausted as it is and trying to squeeze in gym time between shut-eye will be tough. Instead of jumping right back into lifting and exercising which can cause long-term damage to your body, focus on proper nutrition while you recover. Crock pot meals are a great option. The last weeks of your pregnancy while you’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of your baby do some meal prepping and freeze these meals. My favorite crock pot freezer recipes are Chili, Southwest Spaghetti and Minestrone Soup.

Protein Powder

Ask your doctor what type of proteins he recommends for breastfeeding mothers. Have 1 serving of protein powder first thing in the morning, this will be sure to get you back in the gym spirit. 

Breast Feed

Did you know that breastfeeding can burn up to 500 calories per day! WOW! Not only will you speed up weight loss getting you closer to your pre-baby weight, your baby will also receive all of the healthy things you’ve been eating.

Strive for Consistency

Your schedule will be zonked from all angles, from sleeping and eating to quality time with your hubby and workouts. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t get to the gym 5 days a week for an hour at a time like you did before. If you just can’t squeeze the time in at the gym, take a stroll around the block with your new baby. Some exercise is better than no exercise.

*** Always consult your doctor before starting any physical activity or taking any sort of supplement to ensure you're doing what is best for YOUR health and YOUR body.

Have a great week pretties!


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