You just had a baby. Congratulations! Let me get right to the point and then turn this blog over to Brittany Harpole, one of Ballet Austin’s Certified Pilates and Fitness instructors who just recently had a baby.
My point: It’s hard to find the time or motivation to work out at any time; an even greater challenge when you have a new baby.
Brittany’s baby Ava is just over 5 month old. Even though fitness is Brittany’s job, she is fully aware of the daily challenges new moms face when it comes to taking care of baby and taking care of themselves. Let’s hear from Brittany…
Besides getting a night of uninterrupted sleep, moms long to get back to their pre-baby shape. But how? When? Where? Fatigue, time constraints, concerns about leaving the baby with a care provider, and the uncertainty of what workout is best, make post-natal exercise difficult for new moms.
Whatever the challenges, moms must realize how important it is to take care of themselves; to do something special for themselves now and then, and begin to work on their fitness as soon as possible after a pregnancy. Having trained in Pilates and fitness helped me know that as soon as the doctor cleared me, I needed to work my body. There so many benefits to postpartum exercise. To sum it up, when women are able to find the time to exercise after having a baby, they will lose the pregnancy weight and regain muscle strength, reduce back discomfort that comes after pregnancy, have opportunities to meet other new moms, and have a general sense of well-being that comes to anyone who gets sufficient exercise.
After I had my baby I started thinking about how great it would be to exercises with Ava. The more I thought about it the more I realized how it would encourage me and benefit Ava! What if there was a class for that? A class that would promote bonding between mom and baby; moms would get the exercise benefits and the babies would be stimulated by the movement, music, and watching other smiling moms and babies.
With that thought I created Mommy & Baby Fit! Mommy & Baby Fit is not just about the workout. It’s about giving you both time together; valuable time with your child so they can begin learning the importance of movement at an early age and you don’t have to worry about finding a babysitter. But yes, you will work out!
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