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Learn How To Stretch Your Baby's Muscles (Stream It This Weekend)
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  • Being quarantined at home is no excuse to stay sedentary. Online, you’ll find countless resources you can use to do quick and easy home workouts. One such resource is the Mall Into Shape, a home workout session to be live-streamed on the Market! Market! Facebook page.

    Happening on April 5, 2020, at 5 p.m., the session will be all about Mom & Baby Stretching and hosted by Denise Bernardo and Katrina Mariano of the baby store INDIGObaby.

    Exercise is one important component of postpartum recovery because it can help get rid of pregnancy weight and improve your mental wellbeing. Better Health Channel says that postnatal exercise helps firm up your body and restore your muscle strength, improves your cardiovascular fitness, raises your energy levels so you’re less tired, and improves your mood and relieves stress.

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    Furthermore, research has found that regular or vigorous exercise doesn’t have any adverse effects on a mother’s ability to breastfeed, given that she maintains her daily intake of calories and fluids.

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    The safest way to know when you can start doing postnatal exercises is to talk to your doctor, as birth and postpartum doula Noelle Polack shared during the Smart Parenting Baby Shower 2019. Don’t do anything too strenuous, like lifting weights or carrying heavy objects, especially if you gave birth via C-section or experienced episiotomy (natural tearing) during birth. Instead, enjoy your new baby and don’t put unnecessary strain on your body.

    This home workout is also a great way for your child to be active. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that infants less than a year old should be physically active several times a day in different ways and not be restrained for more than an hour. For example, while you’re working out, your baby can have some tummy time. Older kids can engage in indoor games or even join in the workout.

    So, moms, this weekend, bring out your exercise outfits and get ready to sweat!

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