My first and most important tip is to remember that the post-baby recovery starts BEFORE the baby arrives. That means what we do BEFORE getting pregnant and DURING pregnancy completely affects our recovery after the baby is born. So even before you have that little bundle of joy, start making changes in your life to make sure you are healthy and strong. In general, this will make your recovery much easier!
TIP #1: Keep it low impact.
Some moms really want to get the baby weight off right away, however, your body has been through a marathon, literally, and you need to give it time to heal. Follow your doctor’s guidelines and wait the 6 weeks to start any sort of program. Once you have your doctor’s approval at about 6 weeks postpartum, I recommend sticking with low-impact exercises, walking, yoga and a personal favorite, PiYo.
TIP #2: Include HIIT workouts
Once you’re about 3 months postpartum you can start adding in short, HIIT - High Intensity Interval Training- workouts to your routine. These short bursts of intensity are great for revving up your system and burning some major calories and fat. Suggested exercises: lunges, burpees, skaters, pushups. Choose 4 total body exercises, do as many as you can for a minute each, rest a minute, then go again. Do 4 or 5 rounds to start and add more as you increase your fitness level.
TIP #3: Get good nutrition & sleep.
This may seems like a ‘duh’ tip, however, good nutrition and adequate sleep is so important. Eat lots of leafy greens, whole foods, fruits and drink plenty of water. “Sleep when the baby sleeps’ is great advice and while it may be tempting to use that time to "do something", I'm here to tell you....don't! Don't use it to do anything but sleep yourself! Your body repairs itself during sleep. Making sure you’re getting enough sleep will help you heal physically and keep you healthy emotionally and mentally. In addition, when we are sleep deprived, our defenses our down, our immunity is down. We are far more prone to making less-than-stellar nutritional choices, which sets us back in our road to recovery. Sleep is the great healer and will do more for your recovery than almost any other single action. Take that advice, it's been around for generations for a reason, and catch a nap when your baby sleeps. It's truly the best habit your can establish to help you recover more quickly.
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