From Pregnancy To Recovery
So you just had a baby… now what? It’s time to get your body back to functioning at it’s full ability. In order to do that, there are a few key factors that you must know. Here are the three most important things about postpartum recovery and fitness.
1. The Abdominal Muscles Come First
When you are pregnant, the abdominal muscles separate. This is called Diastasis Recti. After delivery, these core muscles typically don’t just go right back to where they were before pregnancy. They have experienced a trauma and must be rehabilitated through a series of basic exercises that include belly breathing, and single leg reaches. If you don’t take the time to build your core back up, you run the risk of having back pain or an injury.
2. Cardio Alone Won’t Cut It
Cardiovascular exercise is great, but it’s not enough. After pregnancy, your body is adjusting back to it’s original positioning and you need to focus on strength training to support these adjustments. Along with the previously mentioned core muscles, it is important to strengthen your back, postural muscles, and glutes to support your new body. Strength training also helps you lose the pregnancy weight faster because, the more muscle that you build, the more calories you burn.
3. Take It Slow
You just had a baby. Your body needs time to recover. You can’t expect to immediately jump back into your old fitness routine. Start slowly while your body is recovering from pregnancy and delivery. The worst thing would be to push it too hard too fast and get an injury that prevents you from even walking. Enjoy spending time with your new baby as you slowly work exercise into your daily routine.
Now You Know
Returning to a normal routine after having a baby is on most new mother’s minds. It is a process that requires starting with rebuilding the abdominal muscles, focusing on strength training in addition to cardio, and taking it at your own pace. By following these three tips, you can make the adjustment from pregnant mother to fitness lover in no time!