Being a new mamma, the best advice I ever received was from a doc who told me, ‘it took 9 months for your body to get to where it is, so don’t be in a rush to get your pre-baby body back but give it at least 9 months’. The moment a new mom understands this truth and accepts it, she will be a lot less hard on herself and her body.
- Start doing Kegels to engage, strengthen and tone your pelvic floor right after giving birth. But you are always questioning (I totally do) if you are doing your Kegels right, so Elvie* has been my personal trainer (if you will), it’s a device that helps me track if I am doing the exercises correctly and it challenges me to keep strengthening my muscles.
- Get your new buddy (your baby) to be a part of your fitness regimen – walk, run, lunge, curl-up, bench-press, dance, etc with your baby. Trust me, this is such a great way to not only bond with but also a perfect way to entertain him. It also helps develop good habits from the start (be the role model). Warning: Make sure the baby is able to hold his head up on his own, and always watch over him.
- Once you get A-OK from your doc, start slow with a walk around the neighborhood. The Solly Baby* Wrap is perfect to keep your baby safe as you carry him around on your walks. And a soft + stylish nursing bra is your best friend to help nurse on-the-go – Bravado Designs has some great ones and pairs perfectly with a hands-free nursing bra accessory.
- Slowly graduate to running, it is a total body workout. Running helps you burn fat, strengthen muscles and tone your abs. Put your baby in a jogging stroller and run with your baby. This Thule* Urban Glide is my absolute favorite, it is lightweight, durable and folds real easy, and I can totally trust this jogging stroller to keep my baby safe.
- Eventually, kick it up a notch. There are tons and tons of great youtube workout videos that can help you burn the calories. My favorites are Jillian Michaels, PopSugar Fitness and Shaun T. But go at your own pace and do what’s comfortable for you. Or if your hubby, family or friends are able to take care of the baby, then head out to the gym (or even join a workout group). If not, put your baby in a DockAtot* and have him watch you, while you watch over him and still break a sweat.
If you are able to get through this list, then ‘Postpartum You’ will be a thing of the past. But you (and I) need to be committed, make no excuses and show up every damn day… We got this mammas!!! And remember, it’s not just about getting your body back but more about staying fit and active!