Post Pregnancy Exercise
Working out with baby
Post pregnancy exercise, One of the most challenging things about getting fit or staying in shape when you are a mom is what to do with the kids while you are working out. Many people join a gym with child care but that option is not always available to everyone.
I have been struggling with post pregnancy exercise since I had my second daughter in February of 2011. With my oldest daughter we finally got to the age where I could go workout in the basement while she is watching a show, okay she would still come and talk to me during the workout but I could get it done. But with a new baby, I can't leave her alone so she has to come with me. I know you think workout while she is napping right? Well I have to confess that when she is napping I want to relax, it is sometimes the only time of the day that I can get some quiet ME time and I want to sit and actually eat a hot meal or even watch a show with no kids interrupting it.
So my solution to post pregnancy exercise was to incorporate my daughter into my workouts. This turned out to be the best mommy and baby time we have. We have so much fun that my oldest has even joined in and let me tell you lift her is a great workout. Now my girls look forward and get excited when I say "Want to go workout?", below are some of the workouts I do with my girls. You will be surprised at just how much of a workout it can actually be.
Just lay your baby on your legs and extend them out in front of you. Now lay back and crunch up as far as you can, repeat as many times as you can while holding your baby up with your legs.A good way to see how you are progressing is to crunch up to touch your babies hands, then try to touch there back, then there bottom. You will know you are getting stronger the farther you can crunch up.
Baby Leg lifts
Just like the above post pregnancy exercise lay your baby on your legs and lift up and down. As you get stronger straighten your legs out. You will really feel it in your lower abs.
Pick your baby up holding them with both hands one across there chest the other on there tummy or leg. Lift the baby up and down.
Baby Triceps Curl
You will need to pick your baby up and put them over your head to start this one. Then just lift up and down.
Baby Biceps Curl
This one is my daughters favorite post pregnancy exercise, just lay your baby across your arms and curl them up and back down.
Have your baby lay on the floor. Do your pushups over your baby and go down low enough to touch noses with the baby.
With the baby laying on the floor, do your plank on top of baby.
When you balance on your forearms and your toes. Try to stay straight and not have your buttocks in the air.
|In time doing these post pregnancy exercises you will get stronger and if you have more than one child you can do some of these moves with both kids.
Advanced Baby Crunches
Lay your baby on your legs and have your child sit on your legs. Now lay back and crunch up as far as you can, repeat as many times as you can while holding your kids on your legs.
Advanced baby Leg lifts
Just like above have your child lay on your legs and lift up and down. As you get stronger straighten your legs out. You will really feel it in your lower abs.
Advanced Baby Pushup
When your baby gets older and can balance on there own, have the baby or child sit on your back while you do pushups.
If you have one older and one younger child you can combine both pushups and have the baby on the floor while the child is on your back.
Advanced Baby Plank
When your baby gets older and can balance on there own, have the baby or child sit on your back while you do the plank.
If you have one older and one younger child you can combine both planks and have the baby on the floor while the child is on your back.