Post pregnancy exercise. The phrase alone can evoke so many different reactions! You might be so consumed with your new bundle that you're feeling hesitant to focus on mommy. Perhaps the thought of fitting one more thing into your schedule gives you anxiety. But, maybe you're mourning the loss of extended workouts, eager to get back in your pre-pregnancy clothes!
Whatever feelings you have about getting back into a workout routine, the most important thing is to cultivate a healthy, happy perspective on working out. Your body has changed to take care of your child and it'll need gentle rehabilitation before any sort of vigorous exercises can be well received.
You'll also have to accept you'll have unique sensitivities so there's no need to compare yourself to others or create expectations.
With this workout, you'll perform mild and moderate ab exercises to start rebuilding the foundation in your abs. Then you'll focus on stretching and realigning of your hips and pelvis. Since the lower body is a bit less sensitive than the abs, we can work in more vigorous exercises here. Finally, you'll finish with a chest expansion exercise to correct your strained posture, improve blood flow and encourage breast milk production.
Mommy Moves Workout
I've included a yoga block in most of the exercises below — squeezing the block between your thighs intensifies core and pelvic floor engagement. If you don't have a block, you can use a tightly rolled towel. Also, make sure you've been cleared by your doctor to start exercising again.