Getting Your Body Back after your Baby

Picture of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

by Penny Simkin, PT; et al

Q: I know I should exercise to help my recovery, but I just can’t find the time. What can I do?

A: As your baby grows and begins to need your care and attention less frequently, you’ll have more time for exercise. In the beginning, exercising outside the home might not appeal to you. If you’d rather avoid the hassle of having to look presentable and getting to class on time exercise at home with your baby by dancing with him or doing postpartum exercises with him next to you. No matter how long it’s been between showers, you’re the best thing your baby has seen! When you feel ready, schedule walks with other new mothers or take a postpartum exercise class to motivate you to get moving and reconnect with the outside world.

Excerpted from: Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide, Fourth Edition

© copyright Parent Trust for Washington Children with permission from its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

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