Congrats! You made it through child labour … now what?
You might be asking yourself a million different questions! When can I start exercising again? Why am I leaking when I cough or sneeze? Can I exercise while breast feeding or will my milk supply decrease? Will breast feeding help me lose the baby weight? Can I workout like I used to pre-baby or should I find a specialized postnatal fitness class?
Whether you had a vaginal birth or c- section, 36 hours of labour or 4 hours, your body has gone through something magical, but yet something very demanding on your entire body! Everyone recovers from child birth at a different rate, and you need to treat your postpartum exercise routine as such! You need to be very mindful of what your body has and is going through: weakened pelvic floor muscles, rib cage expanding, hips expanding, larger breasts, hormones are everywhere, etc. You might realize that your clothes fit ALOT differently and that you may or may not return to pre-baby weight and size.
But you know what?!?
IT’s going to be OK! You need to be patient. You need to take small steps to returning back to exercise. You need to find time for yourself. You need to take one day at a time because there will be days you feel awesome and other days you’re completely exhausted!
Research has shown that exercise and eating healthy postnatal will improve mood, decrease risk of postpartum depression, promote weight loss, increase energy levels and improve self image.
This is why I LOVE teaching my postnatal fitness classes!! ANYONE CAN JOIN and FEEL WELCOME! All fitness levels are welcome in our postnatal fitness class! Variations of the exercises will be given based on your current level of fitness. You will learn safe and effective exercises that will help you achieve your fitness goals post baby and allow you to feel fabulous in YOUR body!
So come join us for some high energy postnatal fitness classes that will focus on strengthening the pelvic floor muscles/core stabilization, and increase your cardiovascular endurance and strength training. Bring your baby or come and enjoy some mommy only time! Either way, these fun -filled and challenging workouts will help you achieve your wellness goals! Remember… a healthy, fit and happy mom, is a happy family! Another bonus is that you will meet other new moms and realize that your are NOT alone in this parenthood journey!
BONUS… YOU CAN BRING YOUR BABY/ CHILDREN TO CLASS … and NOT have to pay extra for childcare!!!
NEW TO MY CLASSES!!! As part of REGISTERING for the class …. I have started a Facebook support group for my clients so we can talk nutrition/ fitness/ mommy only time/ mindfulness/ meditation/ ANYTHING that will help us on our health and wellness journey!! The more support we have, the more likely our wellness goals will be achieved!!
POSTNATAL FITNESS CONSIDERATIONS
- Consult your health care provider before you participate in a postnatal exercise program. When you start back into an exercise program, start back at an intensity that both you and your health care provider feel is appropriate for you.
- Staying hydrated – especially if you are breast feeding
- Knowing your limits.
- Wear comfortable and loose fitting clothing to help regulate your body temperate while you workout
- Wear comfortable and appropriate exercise footwear