You are not going to bounce up off of that hospital bed and jump on the treadmill. The opposite in fact. This is your most important time for healing and milk production. So here's your big goal for this week – DO AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE. Sleep when baby sleeps, eat protein and carbs every time you feed the baby and just make milk. Know deep down that the pounds are literally dropping off you this week, purely because you're feeding and recovering from birth. Also, you'll probably cry a lot - that's gotta be a core workout ;)
By now the birth fog has probably started to lift slightly. You may be starting to remember what a barbell looks like, and worse – you're probably starting to remember what you looked like before the baby wreaked havoc on your six-pack. But seriously – the baby fat is there for a reason! That's what your baby's going to eat for the next few weeks or months. Love it, cherish it and don't try to get rid of it yet. A few short walks with baby in the front pack will make you feel more like a human, and give you just a few lovely endorphins to work with.
Okay, so if you're like me, by week three you're getting a little desperate for a workout... The key is to TAKE IT SLOW. Your first workout could be three sets of 20 body weight squats, some gental lower abdominal work, or maybe start to include some gentle hills during those walks. But remember, rest is still your priority, and exercise still shouldn't be interfering with it. A great thing to focus on is nutrition. My goal has become to make sure that every single thing I put in my mouth has serious nutritional value. I call it the superfoods diet and it keeps me feeling awesome. Focus on lots of lean protein, loads of colorful veges and good fats like avocado, nuts, seeds and coconut oil.
Diana Archer Mills is a Les Mills Creative Director and true fitmom who’s recently given birth for the third time. She understands how challenging it is for new moms to get back on track with exercise, but she also knows how fantastic it is for mental and physical wellbeing. Her advice to any new mom is to do whatever makes you feel good, and most importantly, follow the recommendations of your doctor, midwife or caregiver.
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