Most of us want to get our bodies back after having a baby, particularly our abs. Well, there's good news: Six weeks postpartum (with your doctor’s OK, of course), you can ease into this workout, adapted from the “Waist Away” program designed by Elizabeth Trindade, a certified personal trainer, mother of three and founder of Strollercize Inc., a postnatal exercise program.
Your body is recovering from childbirth and needs a steady supply of vitamins and minerals to heal. What’s more, with a new baby in the house, you’re undoubtedly fatigued, and you need healthful foods to refuel your body. And if you’re breastfeeding, your baby is relying on you for crucial nutrients.
The eating patterns you set in the first six months after having a baby can help you lay a foundation of healthful eating for the rest of your life, says Eileen Behan, R.D., a dietitian in Portsmouth, N.H., who specializes in weight management for individuals and families.
Keep my abdominals toned during pregnancy...why? After all, there's no way I'll have a flat belly, no matter how many exercises I do!
If that’s what you’re thinking, think again. Ab work serves a crucial purpose right now. Your abdominals provide a stable core for the rest of your body, and during pregnancy it’s critical to maintain that strong center.
Here's an excellent at-home postpartum workout that will not only help you grab some moments of decompression during the crazy, early months of motherhood, but will also give you great bonding time with your baby.
The only other exercise “equipment” you need besides your litte one is a chair. Begin at six weeks postpartum (or earlier if bleeding has stopped and your C-section scar—if you have one—is healing).
Name a movie star, model or neighbor who looks fantastic and who is also a new mom. Got someone in mind? Well, there you have it: proof-positive that getting back in shape after having a baby is possible. With a little healthy know-how, there’s no physical reason why you can’t have a great postpartum body — even a flat belly. In this special section, we’ll give you a progressive workout to get your body, especially your abdominal muscles, looking better than ever. We’ll also provide tips on changing your eating habits to meet your postpartum weight goals.
If you've had a Cesarean section, wait eight weeks or until the incision has healed. But always check with your doctor before you start this or any new exercise program. Begin with one move; once you can complete 15 reps, add a second move, finally progressing to three moves, 15 reps each.
Progress report at 10 months
Starting weight: 165 lbs.
current weight: 153 lbs.
Yesterday, Truman, now 18 months, had one of those days: He just wouldn't eat anything. Believe me, I tried. I started the day offering him a banana, raisins, a slab of whole-grain toast with almond butter and apricot preserves—no, no, no. Having failed that, then fresh sliced strawberries with yogurt and honey. Uh-uh. Multigrain toaster waffles? Forget it.