41 Mommy & Me Fitness Class

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How Do I Lose This Baby Weight?

Though you may be eager to jump into a workout program after child birth, easing into light exercise is crucial for keeping your body safe and injury-free. Even the fittest moms may have trouble getting back to exercise. After all, having a baby is a major ordeal and something you’ll need time to recover from. You’ll need clearance from your doctor and, depending on what kind of birth you had; it may be 4 to 8 weeks before you can engage in serious exercise.

Breastfeeding can help you lose weight, requiring an extra 500 calories from you a day and helping reduce some of the fat you gained during pregnancy. If you do breastfeed, make sure you’re giving your body the fuel it needs for that extra energy demand. Now isn’t the time to go on a diet; restricting your calories too much can reduce your milk supply, and losing too much weight (more than two pounds a week) can actually release toxins that wind up in your milk.

The good news is, you can still exercise if you’re breastfeeding. Studies show that moderate exercise won’t affect milk production as long as you’re giving your body enough calories.

Obstacles to Exercise

You may be eager to lose weight by ramping up your activity, but exercise can be tough during the first few months after giving birth. Just some of the issues you may face:

  • Exhaustion and fatigue — These are common after giving birth, especially if you’re breastfeeding, which can deplete your energy. Be aware of your energy levels, and only do what you can handle.
  • An Erratic schedule — For the first few weeks and months after you give birth, your baby’s feeding schedule may change constantly, making it tough to follow any kind of normal routine.
  • Time constraints — You may find that you only have a few minutes here or there for exercise. If that’s the case, take advantage of the time you have, and don’t be afraid to spread your workouts throughout the day.
  • Mood swings — As your hormones get back to normal, you may have some ups and downs, perhaps even dealing with postpartum depression. Exercise may help your mood, but you should talk to your doctor about the best way to handle your situation.
  • Guilt — Many new moms feel guilty when they take time for themselves for exercise. It’s tough to remind yourself that you’ll actually be a better mom if you focus on getting stronger. Doing so will also set a good example for your child.

At 41 Sports, we will customize a program for you and your little one(s) based on your time constraints and physical well-being. You will see your energy rise, and your body bounce back to where it was before giving birth allowing you more energy to spend with your little ones.

This class is open to new moms with infants 6 months and older and moms with toddlers up to age 4. Get ready to exercise with your little one(s) in their Baby Bjorn and for the older kids, some great stroller activities and floor work will be provided! Contact us for more information.