You just recently gave birth to one of life’s biggest blessings and now you may be wondering how to get back on shape. Here are 5 tips to help you get back to exercise after your postpartum stage.
Patience is Key
- Your body has gone through a phase by giving birth. It also has to provide food to the human it created. During this stage, you may encounter sleepless nights and you don’t sometimes feel like yourself just yet. It’s okay to put a hiatus on your exercise routine for a while. Don’t rush things, let your body rest for a couple of weeks and it’s perfectly fine.
- Some mothers may have gone back to their daily exercise routine after giving birth. But take note that postpartum exercise should be taken with intention and care. Your body has gone through a lot, the core has been stretched and the pelvic floor was on constant pressure while carrying around your baby for 9-10 months. To have a good start, retrain the core and pelvic floor and do some light walking.
Take Care of Your Body
- If you’re back in action to the gym after your postpartum phase, don’t forget to listen to your body. If you ever feel tired after doing some workouts, re-evaluate yourself. If you feel that your pelvis is acting up again, talk to a pelvic floor therapist or trainer that can help you during your postpartum body.
Don’t forget to Prioritize Rest and Recovery
- It’s advisable to stay on bed after giving birth. Staying in bed for the first few weeks after giving birth with your babies is a good thing. This way it can help your core and pelvic floor to rest and at the same time you can bond with your newborn blessings. No need to become instant supermom in the first few weeks, there’s always time for that.
Build Your Strength
- Walking is a good way to start exercising in your early postpartum period. But aside from that, strength is the best approach that you should definitely focus on. Being a mom requires strength. You might want to focus on your proper lifting and bending mechanics during your postpartum period to prevent hip, knee, and lower back pain and also to lessen your pelvic pressure and incontinence. You’re probably hunching more often over your little one during this stage. So start strengthening your postural muscles to help lessen neck and upper back pain.