While this is not fitness-related, it is weight-loss related. As a mom of two, I found breastfeeding to be the key to losing my pregnancy weight. WIth both kids, I lost 40 pounds within 8 months just by breastfeeding. With working, trying to manage a household and having a newborn, I did not have an extra 15 minutes for exercise but I still managed to burn those calories because I barely slept...
8/21/2010 11:28:59 AM
I take my daughter along with me in her stroller and on top of loosing weight - it is a great way for her to take a nap! I also found the exercises on this website VERY helpful and I can do them while she is asleep
Walking with a stroller is how I got my start. Baby was with me, we both got some fresh air, and he usually napped. It was great.
Also, it should have been noted that it is actually important to NOT do any core strength training for the first six weeks after birth. It can actually do a lot of damage to your abdominal muscles, which can make toning up much more difficult (if not impossible) than it would have been with waiting. Even if your doctor gives you the okay to do so, I think it would be advisable to wait. It's hard to say how weak and damaged your abdominal muscles are from the pregnancy. So, better to be safe than sorry.
Mall walking is what I am doing right now, as the article suggests, because its not warm enough to be outside with the baby regularly. I also use Wii Fit which is another easy way to sneak in some exercise. I don't like to exercise, but walking the mall doesn't seem so much like exercise. When I go back to work, it will be harder to find time, because i'll use up my break times and part of my lunch pumping breast milk...so I need to get creative.
When my children were younger, I discovered "stroller skating" at the local rink. I got together with about 20 other moms and had a blast. This was before jogging strollers. Just imagine how much fun you could have with that.
2/17/2010 12:03:37 PM
MAYSAA07 DO YOU BREAST FEED? I have four children ages 16, 12, 4 & 12 months. After having all of my kids I finally realized I hold onto about 40lbs after baby until I quit breastfeeding and then if I am eating right and exercising I drop the weight quickly. I have talked to several moms that are the same way. Don't give up on thinking the weight will come off because it eventually will. OWENS4 HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED A LOW CARB DIET? I have used the South Beach diet program and it really helps with those pesky pounds!
While I thoroughly agree with the sentiment of this article, it doesn't seem entirely practical. After having premature twins, I spent 12 hours of my day nursing, which in my case sucked the weight off in a hurry! However, working full time while raising and nursing twinfants with a husband in Iraq ... the last thing I needed was to feel like I was failing because I couldn't work out beyond lugging two car seats and children everywhere! Going to a mall wasn't an option, since my children were in such precarious health.
What was far more helpful in maintaining my own health was eating food that was as healthy as what my children ate. I was able to adopt many of Annabel Karmel's 100 Baby Puree recipes for my own consumption. I'm not as lean as I'd like to be, but I'm still healthy. Once my children began to walk, I was able to include them in cardio. Jumping jacks are a wonderful way to teach toddlers to count!
1/27/2010 7:54:34 AM
I actually wanted to comment on the "Quick Tip" about choosing baby food. I wanted to recommend the book "Super Baby Food" by Ruth Yaron for anyone who wants to make sure their baby has nothing but good, wholesome food without all the preservatives and sugars, etc. She makes it easy to make your own baby food at home from scratch by preparing it once a week and freezing it in ice cube trays for individual serving sizes. My daughter's favorite breakfast was pureed sweet potatoes with kale when she was a baby...now that's super food! It REALLY takes minimal time and saves you a FORTUNE!!!
I nursed all my five children, except my last and I didn't lose the 50# I had gained, so I certainly advise anyone who is pregnant to plan to nurse their baby, as it SO helps to get the body back into shape and OUT of the pregnancy mode.
I was working out while I was working. I was laid-off and I'm finding it very difficult to find a balance in my new life. I have to find time to work-out; so far it's been difficult. I know I can do it though!!! Mother of a 6 months baby.
8/23/2009 2:14:15 AM
i'm a mom of a 6 months baby i put weight and i'm very disapointed , i don't know from where to start
Baby Boot Camp is a great way for Moms to meet other Moms and get a great workout at the same time. It's also not just for tiny babies- I have been doing it with my daughter since she was 14 months and now she is 3 1/2!
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