Life after you become a mother is never the same – everything from your priorities to your perspectives undergoes a revolution. Where you were once called the social butterfly among your friend circle, you are today known as the “overly attached mother”. At one time going shopping meant raiding the entire mall buying outfits, accessories and makeup for yourself; today it means stocking your tote with nappies, toys, and clothes for your little one. Pregnancy is one of the biggest changes in a woman.
Besides the whirlwind of changes in your schedule, your social life, and your life choices, what also undergoes a major change through the course of your pregnancy and motherhood is your body. Sure the experience of being a mother to a beautiful baby is highly enriching and fulfilling, but the fact that your body has lost its vitality and tone can pull you down tremendously. To quickly get back to your fitter self, you may resort to high-intensity exercises and fad diets, but these measures can do you more harm than good. Here are five safe post pregnancy measures to get back in shape:
Don’t Rush It
One of the biggest mistakes made by new mothers is that they turn on the weight loss mode immediately after giving birth even before they are mentally or physically ready. Especially if you’ve had a C-section delivery, doctors advise that you wait at least for six weeks before embarking on a fitness quest.
Heavy workouts can hinder your healing process while also exhausting and discouraging you from continuing the weight loss process. It is important that you take it slow initially and gradually increase the intensity of your workouts. Practicing exercises like walking, kegels and lifting light weights can help expedite your healing process while easing you into the weight loss mode.