Fitness for New Moms

Fitness for New Moms Cleveland, Ohio
A major goal of a mother after childbirth is getting back into shape. Research has shown that starting a regular exercise program at least two weeks after childbirth is not only good for the mother and her overall health, it may also reduce the risk of postpartum depression – especially with new Moms. The sooner exercise starts the easier it may be to lose the extra baby fat and tighten the muscles needed to care for the new baby.

An important goal for any new mother during the initial six weeks after childbirth is to obtain some personal time and redevelop a sense of control over her life. This personal time is where exercise can play an important role in helping to return her body back to pre-pregnancy weight. To accomplish this, it is recommended that she pay attention to the following:

  • Begin slowly and increase gradually.
  • Avoid excessive fatigue and dehydration.
  • Support and compress the abdomen and breasts.
  • If it hurts, stop and evaluate.
  • If it feels good, it probably is.
  • Bright red vaginal bleeding that is heavier than a normal menstrual period should not occur.

After six weeks, most mothers should have everything under control with managing the new baby and finding some time to exercise. The exercising goal for the next 46 weeks should be to improve various aspects of the body and incorporate more strength and flexibility. Moving forward, there should be no restrictions on the type and amount of exercises, the new mother should just try to focus on specific goals and take precautions to not over train.

At Fit For Life we can assist new Moms with exercise routines which are focused on the whole body and help them monitor their progress.

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