Having a baby is a big moment in your life that presents both immense joy and significant changes. While this is a beautiful moment, the process of birthing a baby can also rock your physical, mental and emotional health. Because of the major impact that having a baby can have on your life, this can cause a major disruption to how you normally address your health and fitness journey. It may be time to reevaluate your plan. If you want to get back on the road to working out and improve your health, here are a few tips to help you get there.
Give Yourself a Boost
Figuring out how to manage your new schedule around after bringing home your little one can be a challenge even for the most grounded of adults. While adjusting to a new schedule can be a challenge, your body is also going through changes, hormonal adjustments and recovery. You may need a boost, and thrive patch can help you get the energy you need to get back to working out. If you are lacking the energy you need, consider how supplements can help you give you the energy you are lacking in your nutrition.
Reevaluate Your Nutrition
Your body will take time to adjust, but taking a moment to focus on key nutrients and ensuring that you have a well-balanced diet can help. While the changes happening to your body can feel monumental, to get back to an equilibrium, make sure that you are giving your body the fuel it needs to recover and feel energized. Balancing your whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and key nutrients will help you do that.
Make Sure You Hydrate
If you are planning to get back into working out and during recovery, hydration will be essential. With all of the changes your body is experiencing in addition to the normal, healthy stress that exercise puts on your body, you will need to ensure that you have fluids. If you have trouble balancing all of the parts of new motherhood, having a large water bottle with the measurements marked on the side or an app on your phone can help you keep track of your progress.
Childbirth has a major impact on your body, and you will need time to recover. While prioritizing physical activity can be an important step in your healthy journey, you will want to start slowly. Try walking and rebuilding your abs with small steps and build up your workouts from there. It is important to understand that you are both recovering and your body will require time to heal before you can regain the ability to workout intensely.
Try Postpartum Exercises
While it is key to start slowly, some exercises are targeted at recovering from the birthing process. Starting your workouts with postpartum exercises can help you ease into the process in a way that directly addresses the impact of childbirth. Listen to your body and if you are finding that you experiencing resistance and difficulty, that you consult your doctor and rest. The reality is the childbirth can be traumatic for your body and everyone’s body responds differently to the birthing and healing process, so it is critical that you take your time.
Consult Your Doctor
If you want to ensure that you are on a healthy path to recovery and able to engage in physical activity again, you should consult your doctor. While there are significant health benefits to reintroducing exercise after childbirth, it is also important that you do so healthily. Because each individual person can respond differently, it never hurts to consult your doctor and determine a course of action that works best for you.
Having a baby can have a monumental impact on your physical, emotional and mental health. Getting back on the road to working out and improving your health may look different, but it is achievable and beneficial as a new parent. While your needs and state may be different than before the baby, you can embrace a wellness journey that best suits you and your burgeoning family’s needs.
About the Creator
Kari Oakley is a fitness trainer from Kenosha Wisconsin. She now lives in downtown Chicago, and loves to get out. She is a big fan of anything adventure, and loves getting a workout in the outdoors.