Pregnancy is a beautiful thing. The process of growing another human being inside your body is amazing, and women all over the world feel blessed to have this opportunity. However, after the endorphins of the birthing process wear off, many women are left to feel less than beautiful. While the entire pregnancy and birth process is the most womanly thing you can do, most women feel anything but feminine once the reality of sleepless nights and spit up-covered clothes sets in. While the sleeplessness and spit up probably won’t go away for a while, one thing you can do to take back some control in your life is exercise.
Benefits Of Postpartum Exercise
Whether you’re concerned about your appearance, or just want to feel strong, exercising after you’ve had a baby is the best way to feel better about yourself. It’s something you can do for you, instead of one of the million things you’ll be doing for another human being now that you are a mother. Aside from the health benefits, exercise is a great way to boost your mood. Even if you’re not feeling up to it, once you’ve accomplished it, you will be in a better mood. That’s because exercising releases endorphins, which are natural mood-enhancers. This is important since those first few months can be emotionally draining. Doing a little something for yourself is vital to keeping your sanity.
Importance Of Safety
You may be tempted to jump right back onto the hard-card workout wagon, which is not the best idea. Over the past nine-plus months, your body has undergone changes you don’t even know about. As a woman, you endure more than you even realize as you play host to a growing infant.
The first thing to do before beginning any exercise program is to get the OK from your doctor. Once you have that, remember to start slow and work up to your pre-pregnancy level. If you’ve had a C-section, it’s even more important to take things easy in the beginning. Walking is always a great place to start, as well as those prenatal yoga videos you purchased during your pregnancy with all intentions of doing them every day. Anything that was safe during pregnancy is safe after, as long as your doctor has given you the go-ahead and hasn’t mentioned any specific moves you should avoid.
Hiring A Personal Trainer
If you’re unsure of the best way to start your exercise routine, or you simply want more advice on how to get your pre-baby body back, consider hiring a personal trainer. Ralph Roberts of the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo offers custom workout plans. Give him a call to find out more.
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