I hear often from moms wanting to get back in shape after having a baby but concerned that exercise and dieting could harm their milk supply. IBCLC Star Rodriguez helped clarify the questions we see frequently from moms on breastfeeding and fitness in this article here. Be sure to check that out and don’t forget that it is always best to work with your health care provider in determining a healthy activity level and nutritional plan.
Once you are certain that adding working out and increased physical activity is a healthy choice for you (and evidence supports that it’s healthy for most of us!) the challenge many parents face is when to find the time, space, and right activity. Having children around it can be difficult to make some space for yourself and your health. You are worth it though and your children deserve to have healthy parents, plus, when your children see you making physical activity and your own health a priority, you are modeling how important it is for them as well. The best way for your children to develop healthy habits is for you to demonstrate healthy habits yourself. Happy health to you and your family! ~Jessica
Jennifer from Fit For Expecting has offered up a workout to help make it easier to find some time to take care of you. Check out this Baby Weight Workout that you can enjoy WITH your baby. I think it’s a great springboard for customizing and creating your own workout that fits your family’s unique makeup. For more support, be sure to check out Jennifer’s website and like the Fit For Expecting Facebook page. ~Jessica
- For your comfort and for a content baby, you might want to breastfeed before exercising.
- Stay hydrated – drink water before, during and after exercising.
- Eat a snack 1 1/2 – 2 hours before exercising.