Fitness and breastfeeding may seem like two concepts that are diametrically opposed. Many women find it a struggle to get their bodies back in shape after having a baby. Staying fit during the breastfeeding process can also be a huge challenge. However, the good news is that with some discipline and the right attitude, getting in shape will not be as difficult as you might think. Let’s take a look at what you will need to do:
Set Up a Fitness and Breastfeeding Plan
This does not mean spending several hours each day at the gym. Besides, most new mothers do not have the time to do that. The first thing to remember is to ease into your workout routine, whatever it is. Your body has been through a lot giving birth. Although you may feel fine right now, it is still wise to not put your body under too much stress right away. Therefore, you can start by walking. The distance you walk is up to you, but try to make it for a decent length of time where your body gets some benefit. After three weeks have passed, you can begin jogging. Once again, slowly work into it. Do not go running any marathons before your body has built up its strength. If you are a person who likes to ride a bike or swim, it would be wise to wait until you have your routine checkup six weeks after you give birth. This is especially important for women who have natural births. Before you start to perform any type of activities that are strenuous, you should wait until you have completely stopped bleeding. Straining yourself could make your bleeding last longer.
Issues With Equipment
Women who are beginning to exercise again after giving birth will encounter some issues that they didn’t have before they were pregnant. Since their chest is larger, women frequently feel soreness and discomfort in this area. This makes it necessary to make sure the proper amount of support is in place before you start to jog again. It is common for women performing exercises to wear two sports bras. Since you have not been doing any running during your pregnancy, your feet will not be used to the heavy pounding that they will be subjected to when you start jogging on a regular basis. Because of this, you should either invest in some new running shoes that are heavily cushioned, or purchase some cheap cushion inserts at your local drugstore.
Make Your Goals Realistic
When it comes to fitness and breastfeeding, do not have unrealistic expectations about how quickly you can get back into shape. Much of this is based on genetics, so some women will bounce right back into shape with ease. Other women will find it a struggle. Some women will also regain their full athletic prowess faster than others. The most important thing is to make a plan and stick to it. When it comes to your diet and workout regimen, do not eat a piece of cheesecake and skip a trip to the gym. Willpower and consistency are the keys to success.