After The Pregnancy: How To Bounce Back Faster

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Being a new mom is an amazing experience, but it also takes a toll on your body. Supporting a new life is an intensive process that comes with many changes, but not all of them are pleasant or exciting. Things aren’t necessarily easier after giving birth, either. Your hormones are still out of whack, you’re more tired than before, and as much as you’re thrilled about your new baby, they require constant, round-the-clock care. To top it all off, many women are also unhappy with their post-baby appearance, adding more problems to the mix. Fortunately, with a few lifestyle modifications, you can keep these things from ruling your life. Here are some tips to help you bounce back more easily.

Light Exercise

You don’t have to slay yourself at the gym to get positive results from an exercise regimen. Doing light exercise gives you all of the benefits without further stressing your body. Try things like walking, yoga, swimming, bicycling, or lifting light weights. This will help enhance muscle tone, boost energy, support a healthy weight, improve range of motion, increase strength, and keep your metabolism running smoothly. Light exercise has even been shown in studies to control mood swings and significantly reduce the risk of post-partum depression.

Reclaim Your Appearance

Pregnancy can wreak havoc on a woman’s body. Almost everything seems to grow larger, wider, and more downward.

You have hair in places you didn’t before, stretch marks, and possibly even restless legs. There are numerous cosmetic and dermatological procedures available to remedy virtually anything you’re unhappy with. Take some time for you, even if it’s just a simple spa day. You need time to adjust and become comfortable with your new appearance.

Eat A Healthy Diet

Having and caring for a baby uses a lot of your body’s resources, so it’s important to make sure it’s receiving everything it needs. Focusing on a healthy diet rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and good fats will supply your body with the necessary building blocks to repair and maintain itself.

Take Time For Yourself

Just because you’re a mom now doesn’t mean you should neglect your personal happiness and well-being. Part of healthy motherhood is knowing when you need some time for yourself and ensuring you get it. When things start feeling overwhelming, or when you feel like you’re losing sight of yourself, and your other relationships, schedule some time off.

You love being a mom, but it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. The changes to your body can present many a challenge and can last for months after birth. However, by incorporating some of these ideas into your lifestyle, you can heal faster and feel better sooner.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.