• It’s never too early to get back on your feet and work on losing postpartum flab. Doing the right exercise will help you recover your muscle tone, shed the unwanted pounds, and even gain more energy to catch up with your growing tyke. What’s more, you can even include your little one in your fitness routine. In the book Amazing Babies, Beverly Stokes outlines movement patterns of an infant during the first year, patterns which you can incorporate into your exercises so that you can involve your child. Stokes emphasizes the importance of parents relating to their babies through movement “to understand how babies learn, communicate, and interact with their environment.”

    Try these starter exercise routines for at least 15 minutes daily to get your pre-pregnancy body back while bonding with your tot.

     

    Warming up

    Always begin your exercise routine with a warm-up: take a five- to ten-minute walk outside or around the house with your baby in tow, and finish off by doing a few easy stretches.

    Position your baby flat on her back on the carpet or a covered pad on a table, and do the following:

     

    Chest Stretch

    Place your forefingers in the baby’s hand to encourage a grip. If the baby does not grip, hold her forearms, and slowly stretch her arms sidewards. Then gently close arms across the chest. End this routine with a warm hug.

     

    Massage

    Pat and relax her shoulder. Slowly massage her arms working from the shoulder down to the hands. Open her hand and help her stroke her body and face, and your body and face as well.

     

    Leg Stretch

    Support baby’s legs under the knee joint, and gently lift her legs up and down. Then, with one hand on the knees, carefully straighten her legs. The hips should remain touching the floor.

     

    Click here to learn postpartum exercises during your first 6 weeks after delivery.

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