You carried your baby inside you for nine months, watching your belly (and more) stretch before your eyes. Now that he or she is on the outside, you might be excited to get back to some of your pre-pregnancy activities, or you might be eager to get into shape after baby. But let’s take a quick breath here. You just had a baby! Your body (and mind) went through a lot, and you owe it to yourself to ease into any postpartum exercise routine.
You carry that car seat out in public like a badge of honor. You find yourself rocking even when your arms are empty. You randomly find poop, spit-up, breastmilk, or formula on your clothes or in your hair, usually with no idea how long it could have been there. You live your life on a three-hour (or shorter) loop – feed the baby, burp the baby, change the baby, rock the baby back to sleep. You’re exhausted to your bones, no matter how much coffee you drink (if you even manage to finish a full cup). You are a mother in the thick of it. From the challenges, to the triumphs, we celebrate you, mama!
There are many reasons to exercise during pregnancy. Some women want to maintain mobility and do something simple and healthy. That’s great! Even walking can do wonders. Some women want to stay in shape during pregnancy. Just make sure to get the approval from your doctor, take note of these considerations before you and your bump hit the gym.