Following a pregnancy, taking time for your mental health and wellbeing is vital as it may be suffering due to lack of sleep. Gentle exercise helps you feel better, provides energy, and eases anxiety, and it is also an excellent way to connect with your baby. In a recent Toronto Star article entitled “Tips for returning to fitness after pregnancy,” Jaclyn Bonder, medical director for Women’s Health Rehabilitation at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine Center, merely cautions that women should be monitored by a health-care provider as they restart an exercise regimen.
How to be active while at home with your baby
There are plenty of ways to be active without leaving your house, and you can even include your baby in the experience. While your baby is awake, lay out a yoga mat with your little one beside you on their own blanket or mat. You don’t have to do anything major here. Just stretch your body. Move around in a way that feels good. As your baby gets older and moves around more, make eye contact and mimic their movements. Try yoga poses such as Happy Baby or Child’s Pose, these help babies to move.
Getting out and being active with your baby
Whether you take your baby in a sling or a stroller, walking is a wonderful way to realign your hips and joints after pregnancy. Walk alone, with your partner or friend, or find a stroller walking group through websites like Meetup.
Concerned you won’t follow through? Consider telling a friend or family member your intention. This is a great way to keep motivated.
Baby steps for everyone
Respect your body and have the patience to know that you’re setting a foundation for a lifetime of being an active family with every small choice to move. With or without your baby, it all adds up. And when in doubt, simply put your baby in a sling and dance together.
Need some additional guidance?
YouTube has plenty of instructional videos for postpartum moms which range from 10 to 30 minutes. Here are a few to get started: