Whether you're an expectant mother, recently gave birth, or have embraced motherhood for a few months now, embarking on a journey towards a healthier you likely made its way into your New Year's resolutions.
The top New Year's resolution in 2017 was to lose weight and adopt better eating habits. However, statistics show that by the end of January, around 2/3rds had abandoned this goal.
As a new mom, the temptation to give up can be overwhelming. After all, with sleep deprivation and a busy schedule, finding the motivation to exercise can seem near impossible.
Nevertheless, as a mom, or an expectant mom, prioritizing your health is more crucial than ever.
Table of Contents
- 1. Why Bother?
- 2. Set Realistic Expectations
- 3. You're Unique, So Is Your Exercise Plan
- 4. Don't Get Put Down by the Myths
- 5. Plan Ahead
- 6. Eat Well
- 7. Include the Baby
- 8. Give Yourself Outs
- 9. Stay Positive, Treat Yourself
- 10. Including Moments to Relax
1. Why Bother?
Post-natal blues, faster recovery especially in conjunction with prenatal yoga etc. Besides aiding weight loss, engaging in activities like brisk walks with your baby in a nearby park is a fantastic way to bond with other moms sharing your mission. Team up with your partner for added support.
2. Set Realistic Expectations
Just as it took 9 months to get here, allow yourself time to regain your pre-baby shape. A consistent routine of exercise and balanced eating is key for your overall health, and gradual weight loss.
3. You're Unique, So Is Your Exercise Plan
Your pre-baby exercise routine might not apply post-baby. Consult your doctor for an exercise plan tailored to your situation. Find an enjoyable activity—jogging, yoga, cycling, swimming, walking—and make it a part of your weekly routine.
4. Don't Get Put Down by the Myths
Low-to-moderate impact exercises won't affect your breast milk quality, taste, or supply. Ensure you wear a supportive bra and stay hydrated. Bust the myths and get active!