Those weeks after your baby is born is ROUGH! There are sleepless nights, changes in schedules, a general sense of overwhelm, and so much to take in. Getting active is probably the last thing on your mind. But....at some point as your baby starts to get more consistent sleep and you are getting in a regular shower, the thought of getting active again can come to mind. So, where do you start? Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Take a Postnatal Yoga Class: I know I am biased as a postnatal yoga teacher, however, taking a postnatal class can help you build a better connection to yourself. This style class provides you time to check in with yourself physically, provides strengthening exercises, eases tension, and supports relaxation. No postnatal yoga class in your area? Slow flow and gentle yoga are great options.
Go For a Walk: Walking is a gentle way to add in some cardio, as well as take things at your own pace. Walking builds strength and when done outdoors can provide some time to connect with your natural world and get some fresh air.
Pilates: There are a lot of options for Pilates including online classes on YouTube and local classes at area studios. Start slow or for short 10 or 15 minute periods and add on as you strengthen. Pilates is a fabulous way to rebuild core strength and support the spine. As the spine has gone through significant changes in pregnancy this may help reduce back and shoulder pain.
Exercise with Baby: Take a Baby & Me yoga class at a local studio or online, or just include your baby in stretches and exercise at home or wherever you are. You get time to be active, and also bond with your baby all at once.
Often times getting active after your baby is born takes a fair amount of patience as you rebuild connections and get stronger, as well as some creativity to find what what works for you. Whatever you do, have fun with it!
Hi, I'm Valerie Kacian! I am a mom of three and a yoga teacher. I am also a writer who doesn't write enough. This is my way of giving you the answers you are looking for and also to keep in touch with my first baby, writing.