Working out after birth…?

Question by mommy.luv.jordyn: Working out after birth…?
I know they recommend to wait at least 6 weeks to work out again after giving birth. So I was just wondering if anyone knows if there are ANY exercises at all that I can do before I actually start really getting back into my old full body work out routine and diet. I know they say it’s ok to go walking…anything else? I started off 104 and ended in a 159 at the end of my pregnancy. Even though a few people got on my case about my eating habits when I was pregnant, I took FULL advantage of the “pregnancy apetite” and have NO regrets… i LOVED it!! Now, I REALLY want to get back to my normal weight again, not to mention that “after birth belly” I got is pretty annoying…still look about 5 1/2 months! I actually feel pretty good – pretty good recovery, just a minor tear and a little stitching, but that seems to be going down now. However, I don’t want to risk doing anything to my body that may end up hurting me. Also, I am breastfeeding and I know that’s supposed to help, too.

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Answer by VocalistMeg
You are already on the right track with the breast feeding.
I know how you feel. I am impatient as well and I would certainly feel a litlte helpless if my Dr said “Just light walking too”……….
Your Dr’s main goal is for you to be gentle on your body while it is actually (healing) from birth and you wouldn’t want to be jumping n any equipment just yet or jumping around.

WIth that said, go to your local Target and buy a PILATES and GENTLE YOGA DVD……… Remember “Gentle” Not Yoga for weight loss – as it is way too jarring to the body – for you right now…” ANYWAY…. Pilates is a form of excercise that was originally created by a military physician in order to get patients started on the road to recovery before they were even well enough to leave their beds!!!!!!! His name was “Joseph Pilate”
These excercises are still challenging, tough and demanding – BUT – here’s the kicker……. THEY ARE STILL GENTLE. They are made up of movements you make on the floor 90% of the time on a mat of some sort. All moves ments are controlled, fluid, gentle and work on toning, strengthening and streching. Pilates will actually ELONGATE your muscles and make you leaner!

TRY IT……….. IT DOES WORK and it is a VRY gentle way to get back into the swing of things without having a Dr all PO’d at ya for working out……. This is perfectly safe for you to do………….
With the Yoga, work more on the meditation aspects. This will hep you relaz your mind while still creating strength and prepairing for bigger workouts in the days to come……………..

Enjoy.
I sincerly hope I was able to help you.
Your baby is gorgeous – and God Bless….

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