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Bouncing Back Into Shape After Baby

How and When to Start Exercising after Pregnancy


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I nursed with my daughter and lost a lot of weight doing that. I loved nursing, I had to stop when she was 7.5 months because of her allergies to food I was eating but you should do it as long as possible. After I stopped nursing her, I started gaining weight. Report
I have three boys ages 1, 3, and 6. I stuggled to lose weight in between each pregnancy so I just kept packing on the pounds. I was introduced to P90X and Turbo Jam, both great workouts that i could do at home. They changed my life! I had time to workout and I didn't have to drag the boys to the gym daycare center. I lost 30 pounds and 3 dress sizes in after completing P90X. I feel great and I became a Beachbody coach to keep myself motivated and help others reach their fitness goals. If you want an accountiblity partner send me an email on my sparkle page and lets work together! Report
I have a 6month old, am breastfeeding and working 4 8 hour shifts a week. I am so exhausted, despite sleeping 6 to 8 hours straight (I know I am lucky she sleeps through the night) but I wake up so groggy and exhausted that I get to the gym so inconsistently. I hate not having energy! I eat well too. The pounds are coming off slowly but the belly hangs loose and low and I know I could rock the pounds off quick if I could just get in there. I just miss it too. Report
I have 4 kids ages 4,3,2, and 4 months. I breastfeed but unlike with the other 3, it doesn't seem to be helping with the weightloss. I did have some luck with Weight Watchers and 30-40 minutes of Pilates each day. Once I made it a part of the day, it seemed easier to fit in. I have about 30 pounds to lose to reach my ideal weight, so hopefully I continue to lose!!! Report
Hi Ladies!

I have a 4 1/2 month old, and to be honest I have never been more exhausted in my life, and finding the time to exercise was COMPLETELY out of the question. The first month I actually lost 33 lbs.--which is what I gained during my pregnancy--this was while I was BF my son--and as soon as I stopped I gained back about 20lbs. *sigh*.

My MIL and SIL joined the gym and gave me a free 2 week pass, and I decided to take a Zumba class, and OH MY GOODNESS!! It is so fun, and I really feel like I am getting in some good cardio! I have since gone twice, and EVEN decided to join the gym!!

Soo even if I am a zombie in class, I am sweating off the pounds!

Good luck everyone! Report
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... Report
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 Report
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. Report
What does the author not mention STROLLERS!? My jogging stroller is my key to exercise and getting back in shape! Report
Because I walk with a friend I am able to walk 3 miles a day! The time flies and it doesn't feel like work. Report
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 I need to get creative. Report
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. Report
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! Report
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! Report
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 that's super food! It REALLY takes minimal time and saves you a FORTUNE!!! Report

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