Baby carriers allow you to have two free hands while still keeping your baby close. But, while they're great for household tasks and errands, they can also be exercise equipment. With your baby on your chest, you can do lower body strengthening activities, using your baby's weight as resistance. Talk about multitasking!
Here are some tips to get you started:
Moms: don't begin a postpartum exercise program until your health care provider has given you clearance.
Avoid using a baby carrier until your baby has developed good head control. Choose a carrier that is comfortable, ergonomic, and well-padded in the shoulders.
Avoid twisting motions.
Always keep your abs in tight (to protect your back) and pay close attention to your posture, pulling your shoulders down and back. (Front carriers tend to pull your shoulders forward.)
Most carriers can hold newborns and toddlers up to 30 pounds.
A snugly fit carrier will offer you the most support.
Avoid exercises that compromise your balance. Hold onto a wall or chair since the weight of your baby on your chest will change you center of gravity. Once you have clearance to go and a supportive carrier, try these exercises: Walking: Avoid excessive inclines and uneven terrain.
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