Your baby is the most beautiful gift that you could have ever ask for. He little bundle of joy is your husband’s and your pride. But if you look at your old photos of pre-pregnancy your heart sinks at times? Specially when your mental strength isn’t at its best. How do you deal with this? A question more often asked to yourself. Do you accept what you have become? Maybe you should work out more, and eat less, to fit back into your loving jeans. Or is there a happy middle somewhere?
For sure this seems to be an exhausted area. It seems everywhere go there are articles featuring how to love your body. They would advise you ways to exercise with your baby after birth , what to eat, when to eat, sacrifice your sanity to the bikini body gods, etc.
You grew an embryo and that transformed into a full and tiny human!
Hope these people know how hard it is to love yourself after a physical transformation like that? You just grew and housed another human being for the past nine months. With all those thing happening after you have delivered and your body has not only lost shape but is no way closer to what it was before, you are asked to love your body!! Has anyone actually gone through the feelings you have when you stare into a mirror after your first shower without a baby filling your abdomen? Well, buckle up, because it requires all the feelings.
I would personally tell everyone to hell with those who can’t accept you for who you are’. Just brace yourself and dont let anyone down. Taking care of yourself and feeling happy is the most important thing your need to do.
Fitness and more suggests a few very soft exercise which you can start to do after your doctor has cleared you.
Do this move as early as one week after you have your baby if you had a vaginal delivery; if you had a C-section you might have to wait 8 to 10 weeks. Lie on your back with your knees bent and a pillow under your hips and another between your knees. Feet flat and your arms at your sides, inhale, then exhale and draw your abs in and tuck your pelvis under slightly, squeezing your buttocks as you do a Kegel. Hold 5 seconds and release for 10 reps.
After you have completed six weeks, add this move to your routine. Lie on your back with feet hip-width apart, knees bent. Inhale, then exhale as you draw your abs up and in toward your spine. Tilt your pelvis up, lifting your hips off the floor into a bridge. Slowly lower down to starting position. Repeat 5 times, building up to 10.
Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet hip-width apart and abs drawn in. Flex your left foot, pressing your heel into the floor. Keeping your pelvis still, inhale, then exhale as you use your deep abdominal muscles to push your left heel away from your body, keeping the knee slightly bent [shown]. Return to starting position. Alternate sides, doing 5 slides on each side, working up to 10. Do the first three exercises together and in order for the next two weeks, then add move 4.
Lie on your back, knees bent. Place a towel across your upper shins and grasp each end. Pull the ends of the towel and squeeze thighs together. Inhale, then exhale as you draw your abs in and lift your shoulders off the floor. Hold, and contract and release, your ab muscles 10 to 12 times, working up to 20. Do moves 1–4 in order for two weeks.
Single-Leg Stretch with Towel
To be done in 12 to 14 weeks postpartum, doing the above moves in order. Lie on your back with your knees above your hips and your shins parallel to the floor. Place a small towel on top of your thighs, hold on to the ends and push against your thighs to create resistance. Lift your head and shoulders and extend your left leg out as you exhale . Switch legs and repeat, alternating legs for 5 reps and working up to 10.
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