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Get Fit After Baby with Parent's Choice Infant Formula "Real Moms"

Get fit after baby with the Real Moms of Parent's Choice Infant Formula. Our "real moms" might not always have it together, but we're having fun along the way while raising children and doing our best to stay in shape. Plus Parent's Choice Real Moms offer helpful tips for new moms just like you.

Want to Get Fit After Having Baby?

So you want to get fit after having baby? It is fundamentally important to remember that you had to gain some extra weight in the first place to deliver a healthy baby. So give yourself a break from the get-go and realize that you created something wonderful. In the long-run, the sacrifice is surely worth it.

Post-Pregnancy Exercises and Tips

The journey getting back into shape after having a baby – while at times challenging – can also be fun. This is especially true if you incorporate your baby into some of your exercise routines whenever possible. Here are some helpful tips from experienced moms who manage to work-in workouts during their busy mommy schedules.

  • Take it slowly at first. Any health-care professional will tell you that he or she doesn't recommend exercise until your six-week postpartum checkup. So don't rush in to an aggressive exercise regimen. Once you get the go-ahead from your physician, start slowly.
  • Exercise with your newborn. Take walks with your baby in the stroller or front carrier—outside when weather permitting or inside when the elements don't cooperate. Shopping malls are great from walks with baby when the weather is lousy. Pushing or carrying your baby has two important health benefits:
    • You don't feel guilty about being away from your baby.
    • Pushing and/or carrying a baby will involve your muscles more for a better workout.
  • Exercise with a friend. Having a baby won't hurt your social life. New moms meet other new moms just by going out in public. If you don't already have new-moms, it won't take long to meet some. Parks and playgrounds are terrific meeting places. There's no doubt you'll find other moms, and chances are you'll be able to find an exercise buddy (or buddies). Walking a baby in your stroller with a friend or group of friends lets you socialize and exercise. There may be "Strollercize" groups in town, or contact moms from your hospital birthing class or Mommy and Me groups to walk with you. This is a great way to ease into a healthy routine.
  • Talk to your doctor if you are breastfeeding. Nursing an infant expends 500 calories a day to make mother's milk. This requires a new mom to consume an additional 500 calories to produce the right quality and amount of breast milk. In addition, moms who breastfeed get more hungry and thirsty and require more nutrition. Be sure to consult with your physician to find out how many calories you can lose each day without compromising your supply of quality breast milk.
  • Start with 20 minutes and gradually increase your workouts. Begin with 20-minute strolls and gradually build up your tolerance to 30-minute walks. When you are feeling confident, pick up the pace and get to your ideal heart rate. You can determine your suitable heart rate target by subtracting your age from 220 and calculating 70 and 80 percent of that number. This range between the two numbers is your target zone.
    • You can determine your heart rate during exercise by checking your pulse. Put your index and third fingers on your neck alongside your windpipe. When you feel your pulse, count the number of beats in 10 seconds.
    • Then multiply this number by 6 to calculate your heart rate per minute and to see if you are in your target zone. Ideally you want to stay in your target zone for two-thirds of your work out time.
  • To get things rolling, try to make an hour of aerobic exercise a goal and do it three to four times a week. When your baby takes a nap, try to do a little light exercise around the house. Walk up and down the stairs a few times, or stretch and do some basic exercises like sit-ups and jumping jacks. It's pretty easy to find exercise DVDs that best suit your needs for short, 30-minute workouts in your home. Make it a goal to do some aerobic and strength training during this time. Add a half-hour home workout to a half-hour walk with your baby and you'll hit your goal!

Post-Baby Diet and Nutrition Tips

When trying to lose weight post-baby, avoid fads and low-carb diet schemes. For long-term nutrition, eat as many vegetables and fruits as you wish and limit meat servings to the size of a deck of cards. The same rule or logic should apply to your consumption of rice and pasta. Try to eat whole grain pasta and rice when possible in portions that are the size of your fist.

For post-baby snacks and helpful article by a registered dietician on our advisory, visit the Store Brand Formula website.

Sources: The Mayo Clinic and the publishers of Parents and American Baby magazines.