It’s a tiring task to think about getting back into shape after having a baby. You’re sleep-deprived, overwhelmed, and your body has been hard at work carrying a baby. And if you’re breastfeeding, your body is still working to provide food for your baby. So take if slow and remember that losing the baby weight is a marathon, not a sprint.
Jenny Skoog, one of New York City’s most well-known women’s fitness trainers, share her essential baby weight workout moves with us. Jenny is a nutritionist, a master trainer in both pre- and postnatal fitness, a birth coach, and the star of the reality show Pushing It. She is careful to choose exercises for new mother, and says the most important things to be concerned about are:
- New mother aches and pains: wrist, neck, low-back, hips and knees
- The lack of sleep and exhaustion that lead to slower recovery
- Posture pain and problems from feeding baby while hunched-over
- A weakened core and pelvic floor
- C-section mothers who need lower abdominal strength and rehabilitative work
- The lack of free time all post-partum mothers have
According to Jenny: “Since a new mother spends most of her time caring for her newborn in a seated or hunched-over position, the big idea is to stretch, lengthen and open the front of the body (chest, shoulders, hip flexors) while strengthening the back of the body (butt, spine, upper-middle back).”
Stretches for New Moms To Do Twice Everyday (pictured above):
These stretches stretch and lengthen the front of the body. They will help to relieve posture and back pain and to give you energy.
1. Corner chest stretch
2. Wall lat stretch
3. Kneeling hip flexor stretch
Do these 3 stretches (pictured above) twice everyday for at least 30 seconds.
Post-Baby Strength-Training Workout To Do 2-3 Times a Week
Follow Jenny’s essential post-partum workout to strengthen and tone your body.