Having a baby is a big deal for your body; there’s no getting away from that fact. Carrying a child changes your body in ways that you could never imagine; many new mums report that not only has their skin changed but so has their hair and their immune systems. Pregnancy takes a huge toll on your body, and it’s perfectly fine to need to take time to heal afterwards. Don’t feel bad about taking your time to get back in shape – there’s no rush and it’s certainly not a race. 

It’s easy to want to get instantly back into your jeans, but the truth is that your body needs time to get back into shape, and that’s perfectly normal. The good news is that once you feel ready to start working on your body again, it doesn’t have to be a struggle, there are plenty of steps that you can take to make the process as simple, enjoyable, and pain-free as possible. 

Shape After Pregnancy

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Wondering how you can make getting back into shape after pregnancy easier? Below are a few tips and ideas to help you on your postnatal journey. 

Start with walking 

As soon as your doctor says that you’re able to start walking, get out there and begin to walk. Walking will get your body moving and will help you to start burning calories, helping you to begin to shed any leftover baby weight. Start off by setting yourself a goal of 5000 steps a day, and then as you build up your strength, increase it to 10,000 steps a day. You can always get your steps in while you’re pushing your baby around in their pram. 

In addition to helping you to get your shape back after pregnancy, walking is also known to aid mental health and general wellness. So walking regularly is a really great habit to get into. You could even find some of other new mums to walk with, if you want to. 

Do Kegels and pelvic tilts 

As part of your ‘getting back into shape’ process, it’s important that you regularly do Kegels and pelvic tilts. Obviously, you should only do these exercises if your doctor has said that it’s safe for you to do them and that your body can handle you doing them. By doing Kegels and pelvic tilts you can help to strengthen your perennial muscles, as well as strengthening your abdominal muscles. If you’re not sure how to do a Kegel or a pelvic tilt, you can find plenty of tutorials online to follow – YouTube has lots of great videos that you can watch. 

Focus on different areas 

When it comes to working out, it’s a good idea to focus on different areas of your body, instead of simply focusing on one area of your body at once. If you want to regain your shape after pregnancy, it’s a good idea to take the time to focus on different areas of the body. For instance, one one day you could look at doing a lower body workout and another day you could look at doing an upper body workout. It’s a good idea to mix it up and do different workouts on different days; just make sure to check with your doctor before doing any workout. 

Make it fun 

Working out and getting back in shape after pregnancy doesn’t have to be a chore, you can make it a lot of fun. It’s just a case of getting creative, that’s all. If you’re someone who loves dancing, for instance, then it might be a good idea to look at taking part in a Zumba class, for instance. If you can make working out fun, then you will find it easier to do and you might even look forward to it. 

You could also opt to take part in a mum and baby class, making it easier for you to exercise as you won’t need to worry about where your little one is, as they can come along with you. Water workouts can be a good idea for parents and babies, as they’re a lot of fun and are often enjoyed by both parents and babies alike. 

There you have it, a few useful tips for getting back into shape after pregnancy. Just remember, don’t push yourself too hard – take your time and only do what feels right for you. You don’t want to overdo it. 

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Claire Kirby

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