January 13, 2012

Exercise for the New Mom

Exercise is very important for the new mom. Learn the benefits, recommended amounts, and activities to try.

Benefits of Exercise
Exercise benefits your mind, body & spirit in many great ways: helps with weight loss, restores muscle strength, relieves stress, boosts energy, and boosts mood.

Physician Recommendations & Amounts
· Doctors now recommend beginning exercise a few days after delivery if you had an uncomplicated vaginal delivery, or as soon as you feel ready.

· If you had a C-section or a complicated delivery, talk to your doctor about when to start an exercise routine.

· Exercise has no negative effects on breast milk volume or composition, provided you are drinking adequate fluids. You can continue to breast feed when you exercise.

· According to the Mayo Clinic, experts recommend 30 minutes of exercise 4-5 times/week after delivery.

· Stick to moderate physical exercise and drink plenty of water before and after your workout.

Activities to Try
Walk with your baby in a stroller, swim laps, or participate in a fitness class. If you are too tired for exercise, just do what you can. Sneak in 5 minutes here and there. Seek support of family or friends. Planning is key as a new mom, schedule exercise ahead of time so that you don’t miss it.
When you had your child, what was your favorite activity to do?

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