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From Babies to a Six Pack: Getting Back into Shape After Giving Birth

Published Nov 25, 2016 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Tips on how to get back into shape after giving birth

Some women bounce right back after giving birth. Others work a little harder to get their pre-baby body back on track, and everyone works to find a healthy way to live once a new baby is in the picture. Time is suddenly of the essence. You’re tired like you’ve never been tired before, and you’re learning to acclimate to an entirely new way of life. Combine all this, and it seems like a hopeless case. If you’re a brand-new mom or mom-to-be, don’t stress about getting back into shape when your baby arrives. Don’t let other people bring you down. Set a goal, work for it, and see the results you want. You can get your body back after your baby is born if you only know how.

Take Care of Yourself During Pregnancy

The best way to get back into shape after your baby is born is to stay in shape during your pregnancy. Stay healthy by choosing healthy meals, not overindulging and blaming it on the baby, and by staying active. You must speak to your doctor about what he or she recommends for you in terms of exercise and activity based on your health and your pregnancy. However, most women are perfectly able to continue walking, practicing yoga, swimming and being active throughout their pregnancies.

Take it Slow

Giving birth takes a lot out of a woman, and you’re not going to make it back to the gym the day after you get home. Your doctor wants you to rest, and not just because you have a new baby. You need to rest and take it easy because your body went through a lot. Thing stretched, changed, moved, and are continuing to do those things in the weeks after a baby is born. The risk of injury doing too much too fast after giving birth is great, and it’s not what you need as a new mom.

Eat Well

If you’re breastfeeding a new baby, you need to get in your calories. A low-calorie diet isn’t the way to go with a new baby, but a low carb meal plan is a great option. Choosing to eat healthy foods and consume carbs in moderation can change your body fast. Just remember not to starve yourself. Your baby’s health depends on your health, so it’s not the time to lose ample weight with a low-calorie diet plan. Now’s the time to eat more than ever, just as long as you eat good food.


You might not know how you want to proceed when your baby is born, but breastfeeding is a major calorie burner. It’s a great way to provide important nutrients to your new baby, and it’s a great way to burn calories and lose weight. If you can, it’s highly recommended for both reasons.

Exercise in Moderation

Talk to your doctor before you do anything following birth. Your doctor might want you in bed resting if you went through surgery or a traumatic delivery, but you might just get good news. Women in good health are encouraged to exercise following pregnancy as soon as they feel up to it. Now is the time to get out and take a long walk with your new baby in that new stroller. Practice yoga, hit the treadmill, and do simple exercises that build muscle and burn calories. It’s a great way to put you in a good mood, help you sleep better at night, and even combat the postpartum depression and baby blues that many women suffer from after giving birth.

It’s imperative you speak to your doctor before you begin any diet or exercise plan following the birth of a baby, but it’s a great idea to stay active and get fit. Your body will go right back to where it was if you care for yourself throughout your pregnancy, and you’ll be thankful you did.

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