Becoming a first time mum has been an incredible experience. Now, looking at my three month old daughter, I have a new found respect and admiration for the female body. It's amazing to think that just 3 short months ago my daughter lived inside me. It's amazing to see that my tummy is now flattening, the stretch marks are fading and I'm starting to feel more like me again. So, I couldn't think of a more perfect time to share my post pregnancy tips.
I wrote a whole article on what I am choosing to eat to help lose the pregnancy weight, but this week is all about exercise. I want to discuss 5 simple exercise tips that I live by just 3 months after giving birth.
1) Respect your body This is so important! You must respect what your body has been through. You made a whole human being and gave birth! Your ligaments softened, parts of your body moved and your muscles changed. Please respect that and give your body the time it needs to heal. This brings me onto my second tip.
2) Do your research. Your postpartum body is not the same as your pre- pregnancy body. You must understand this before you even think about exercise. Some exercise can cause damage to your body and actually make it worse off in the long run; so make sure you do your research. If you need any help with this please do not hesitate to contact us at lifetrainme. Let's all make sure we look after our bodies please!!
3) Do what you love. If you're reading this article you probably have a baby now, and you will know that as soon as you become a parent, time is precious! I encourage you to fill the spare time you do have with exercise that you will actually enjoy. This will make you want to do it, and will give you the push you may need to get started in the first place. Don't rush it though, you will be tired and you should return to exercise when you feel ready.
4) Little and often. If you're like me and struggled to stay fit during the pregnancy, then this tip is for you. Overworking yourself doing intense, but sporadic, gym sessions isn't going to help. The key is to do a little everyday. I always try to at least go for a walk in the afternoon. It helps you stay fit and helps your newborn get some sleep! The outdoors really tires them out!
5) Don't be shy. As women we often don't know what to expect from a postpartum body. It is something that is not often discussed in the media or online. If you're like me and the first postpartum body you've ever seen has been your own, then I encourage you to be proud and happy with what your baby has left behind. Tell your close friends and family how far you have come and don't be afraid to share your progression with them. We should be embracing our bodies, even more so post baby, as they helped bring such cutie-pies into this world!
I hope that these tips have helped those ladies out there who need some postpartum exercise tips. I have a YouTube channel where I discuss more about my pregnancy journey and some of the struggles I went through. To learn more subscribe to @theofficial_sasharae and follow me on instagram.
Written by: Sasha Rae