Establishing a post-baby “normal” lifestyle can be a bit of a challenge especially for new moms. It is possible but really tough. To snap back from pregnancy and regain that svelte body that you have during your pre-baby life takes commitment and a lot of discipline. You may feel like you just don’t want to look at yourself in the mirror again. You may also reason that you also need to address a lot of physical challenges after delivering your baby, as well as to post-partum depression.
We understand your situation. We are pretty sure that you are well aware of the benefits of doing some form of exercise (like running) can do for you even then. Your doctor might have also told you that it will boost your energy. Toxins go out of your body as you perspire. It also helps melt stubborn fats that have accumulated during your pregnancy. It gives you a refreshing feeling and makes it easier for you to feel relaxed and calm. You will notice that as your mind relaxes, it will be easier for your body to feel naturally peaceful throughout the day. It is also a good way to tone down your muscles and regain the curves that you once have.
It will also help if you consider your pregnancy skin care routine. As you might have observed, there are several changes not only in your mood, diet but also in your physical appearance that may de-motivate you from wearing exercise outfits and hit the road to go back running. You have seen hideous marks (acne, melanoma, pimples, stretch marks, varicose veins, and a whole lot more skin, hair and nail problems) with your pregnancy. They also don’t just leave you right after pregnancy.
Fortunately, there are so many available treatments for a stretch mark, for pregnancy is known to be a problematic phase in the life of a woman. If you are able to treat the skin problems that came together with your pregnancy, you will be more confident to get out and start running again. With so many other reasons already mentioned, you will soon get off your feet and get your running gears again.
You can do it!
As many celebrity moms have shown that though it may be a challenging bout, it can be done, you too can also do it. You can run after pregnancy and get back into your previous shape in no time. It is just a matter of mental conditioning. Remember, however, that you cannot do it at once and push your body to the limit. It will put your health and your body at risk. No crash diet or stringent exercise will be able to bring back the hourglass figure that you once boast of. If you do, you might just end up gaining twice on the weight you already gained, instead.
Enough is enough!
Your body has taken so much while you were still heavy with your baby. It took a while before you got fully adjusted to the bulge in your tummy, or to the erratic mood swings that you observed while waiting for your baby to be delivered. It was quite an ordeal. Even then, you had to accept that those changes were normal. And just like after delivering your first baby, you fully understand then that you will get used to pregnancy challenges. And you did.
You were able to incorporate the right physical, mental, social, as well as psychological exercises that made child-bearing a lot more enjoyable. You found more reasons to enjoy the journey than complain about what you think you were missing out of life. Then, your baby bump becomes your new reason for an exciting journey. Today, the marks left behind by your pregnancy also becomes your new reasons to be fit and healthy.
Running after pregnancy is one of the best ways to regain the confidence you once had. However, you can not just do it too soon or you can end up hurting yourself. The best way to determine if you are ready to go back to running is to listen to your body. If you feel anything unusual in your body after your first try, like if you feel worse, it means your body is not yet ready. You will also need to consult with your doctor. Ask your physician on what to expect as your body recovers from your pregnancy.
To be sure to ease back into running after pregnancy, consider these helpful tips
- Determine the best time to start running. Your new baby may need you round the clock, and it may be difficult to squeeze in an hour or so in your already busy schedule. However, setting a schedule will help you be more determined to reach your goal (go back to running or whatever exercise you do to be fit). It will give you more control over your life. Setting the time, intervals, as well as the rest (for sure there will be a time that your baby will be taking some naps or enjoying time with other people in the house), will help you determine the best time you can incorporate your goal.
- Don’t be too hard or yourself. You can’t get rid of that accumulated fat overnight, what made you think you can back to your usual routine on day one? Your stitches need to heal, your body needs to recover, and your baby needs most of your time especially during the first few weeks of the child’s life. Take care of yourself and your baby first until you are totally ready to start to reach your goal.
- Two is better than one. Once your body is totally ready to go back into running, you can bring your baby along. Both of you will enjoy the fresh air and be supplied with Vitamin D that your bodies need. You can also use your baby’s stroller as a support when you need to rest from running.
- Make running something to look forward to. Participating in an event will allow you to be more excited to engage in the activity. You can check online or on social media for any running-related event that is soon to be done near you. Have fun and enjoy the run.
- Do cross training. As you wait for your body to adjust to your postpartum activities, consider other activities that seem enjoyable. You may need to consult your doctor if you can actually do and when to do the exercise, however.
- Any postnatal experience that you may want to share with our readers is most welcome.