"Baby weight, baby weight... I want to lose my baby weight"
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Happy Hour Fitness

I'm not sure about all of you, but so many of my friends are expecting a baby!  I am so excited for all my "momma-to-be" friends and their significant others! Butas you know,  as soon as those cravings start, you are already worried about losing "the baby weight". I will tell you from my own experience.... it's not that bad! I gained exactly 44 pounds with both of my babies and lost it all, so don't stress it!

 Of course you will want to eat as healthy as possible while you're pregnant so that you gain the recommended 20-35 pounds (yes, I was over the recommended amount, I'm such a rebel, lol). Being a personal trainer and having to watch what I ate all the time, I felt like it was time to let loose and so I did! With that said, try to eat as healthy as possibly for your health and for your baby's health and so you don't have as much to lose in the end. Also, it's very important to stay active throughout your pregnancy, so as long as your doctor ok's it, walk, lift light weights and swim!

We are going to fast forward a few months....you just had your baby and you're not sure what that is staring back at you in the mirror. Is that really your body?... Really? I know I felt like my grandma would looked better in a bathing suit at that point. Your body looks nothing like it used to, but no worries, it's all normal. I'll spare you the details, but your body will take a few months to go back to normal on the inside. However, unless you are a freak of nature, you will have to watch what you eat and exercise to get back to pre-baby shape.

Once you get the ok from the doctor to get out and walk, start with short 10-15 min walks and build up 5 minutes every few days. It's a great way for you to take the baby out for a stroll, get some fresh air and relax a bit. After about 6 weeks, most women are able to start exercising again. You might think you can do what you used to be able to do, but don't! Take it easy the first few weeks and build up over time. Don't let celebrities influence your self image and how you should look after having a baby.

You will want to focus on your core of course and get those muscles back, but don't neglect the rest of your body as you will need the strength to lift/carry/lug all around that new "super-duper-heavy-baby-carrier".

Here is a sample at home workout that you can do while the baby naps or someone helps you play with the baby so you can get a few minutes to exercise. You will want to repeat each exercise in a circuit 3 times (time permitting). And complete the workout 3 days a week, with at least one day of rest in between. On the rest days, get out for a walk with the baby and get your cardio in. BTW, if you don't know what any of the exercises are feel free to email me with any questions or "google it"

1) Plank: 30 sec 

2) Body Weight Squats: 15 reps

3) Modified push-ups: 10 reps

4) Side Plank: Hold for 10 sec on each side

5) Tricep dips: 10

6) Stairs: 3 times 

Don't forget to stretch. Your joints will still be more limber than normal, so get some good stretches in, but don't over do it. Once again, if you have any questions, feel free to email me at alyte@happyhrfitness.com. If you don't alreay follow me on social media, please follow me on twitter @happyhrfitness and like my fb page: https://www.facebook.com/HappyHrFitness. I will be doing another blog about what to eat post baby and during pregnancy, so keep your eyes open for that. Andof course, please share, share, share my blog and social media sites so I can feed my babies, haha!


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