I was cleared to begin training again six weeks after giving birth, and I know that I wasn’t even able to have a workout that intense right out of the gate—so, really, there’s nothing to worry about. Here are some tips to keep in mind if you’re a nursing mama that’s ready to get her groove on at the gym:
I’ve always been very in touch with my body. It is a large reason why I’ve been able to carve out and build my physique the way I want it. I understand my body, listen to it and make adjustments depending on my strengths and limitations. I also have a grand vision for it. My pregnancy and vision for my own labor and delivery were no different.
I’ve taken you through many styles of workouts throughout my pregnancy and now, at full term, I’ll take you through another one that I know you can do!
Since becoming pregnant, I have tried to get more creative. I haven’t been lucky enough to breeze through my pregnancy with zero body pains (mostly joint pain) or fatigue. Both have been major issues for me, so I have had to improvise in a big way in order to maintain my muscle and have a healthy and fit pregnancy!
This week, I’m feeling great and was able to get three weight training sessions in. I combined muscle groups throughout the week to make sure I hit each body part (minus abs) that I wanted to train. Always choose low impact exercises that don’t compromise perfect form, safety or your balance.
Park workouts never get old, and you can do them with or without your kiddos! So, grab your workout partner. Or, have your workout partner come peel you off the couch and get that beautiful pregnant body moving!
I had incorporated all of these exercises into my conditioning workouts prior to becoming pregnant, so my body is used to them and I have clearance from my doctor to perform them. If you have never done these type of exercises prior to becoming pregnant, I suggest you wait until you’re getting back in shape after your baby arrives to try these out.
Okay ladies, let’s get to the bottom of this one. I’d like to start by letting you know that you need to talk to your doctor before taking any of this advice on supplementation.
I feel like my entire pregnancy has revolved around food. What is okay to eat – what is not okay? Nothing sounds good…now everything sounds good. Am I eating too much or too little? These are just some of the thoughts I obsess over and that women often ask me about.
Staying fit and maintaining muscle during pregnancy is no joke, and it changes almost weekly. My best advice? To listen to your body and make any and ALL adjustments in order to stay healthy and safe—even if it means taking a few days off.
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