Post-Pregnancy Exercise Tips

by Gwen Lawrence

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Being a new mom is a very complicated time, a time when you are dealing with big changes in your life.

You are elated for your beautiful new baby, but may also be feeling trapped at home. Plus, you are reorganizing the way you do everything and engaged in a HUGE struggle to get your pre-pregnancy body back…

Well, if you want it, you can have it.  My story is, I had three baby boys in four years!!! I was a competitive dancer and body sculptor, always prided myself on my fitness.

What the heck was I to do? I could wallow in the restrictions of naps, feedings and exhaustion or I could make a plan and stick to it. That is rule number one.  You are responsible for you and nobody else is, so I joined a gym.

As hard and expensive as that was, my motto was and is:

If mama ain’t happy ain’t nobody happy...

And every morning I packed the boys up and went to the gym, dropped the boys in the play room and happily went to a kick butt class, praying I wouldn’t get called out of class for the dreaded poopy diaper changing call.  After class was the best because I was able to actually take a shower and blow dry my hair and be on my way to feeling awesome and accomplished and loving not only myself more but my kids too.

I understand that many of you cannot join a gym for many reasons.  Do not despair.  Make your plan.

Set your goals!!!

Buy 3 or 4 DVD’s and do them in the house right after you feed your baby in the morning.  It seems to work best when the kids are in the room watching and moving with you.  There are even exercise channels and free workouts on YouTube to motivate you - it's FREE, so take advantage!  

Even if you do 10 minutes, tomorrow it may be 15 and so on.  The biggest mistake is not working out at all because you think you always need an hour.  So what if in the middle you have to get a cup of juice? Let it go.  Learning to let the frustrations of the little distractions go is a great lesson for you anyway.

Get used to it…get up, no excuses, if I could do it you can too, the weary feelings will go away when you get going more regularly.  Your kids feelings of health well being and being greatly adjusted depend on you being proud of yourself and showing the importance of taking time to reach your goals!!!

Another hard rule of motherhood if you want it go get it, you set better examples for your kids when you are happy, motivated and successful!

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