It’s time to bring some life to this blog, dontcha think?  😉 I am honored to have my first ever guest blogger today.  Fellow purpose-driven mom, Katie, has some good exercising advice that might even give me a kick-start (and my babies are 10 and 11!!)  Read on, and then be sure to visit Katie at her blog, Moore From Katie.

Getting Back Into Shape After Having a Baby 

At first, getting back into shape after a pregnancy can seem daunting. I for one, never thought I would get my ‘pre-pregnancy body’ back. Thankfully, getting back into shape can be both enjoyable and easy. With a little dedication, time, and a lot of determination, new mothers can lose weight fast, tone their muscles, and ease stress.

All exercise programs require a time commitment, trust me I learned that from experience! For new mothers, this time commitment can sometimes seem impossible. After all, newborns require a lot of time and mothers may feel stretched with just taking care of the baby. When most people think of an “exercise program,” the first thought that usually comes to mind involves gyms and endless hours working out. Fortunately for new mothers, getting back in shape doesn’t have to involve too many hours or trips to a sweaty gym. Getting back in shape can be accomplished while at home.

Before beginning any exercise regime, mother should speak with her doctor. Similar to how a mother worked with her doctor during pregnancy to prepare for post-delivery procedures, like umbilical cord blood banking and immunizations, a mother should work with her doctor to create the best plan to get back to her pre-pregnancy weight.

Mothers should also listen to their bodies; if the body doesn’t feel ready, mothers should hold off on exercising. Pregnancy affects each individual differently and recovering from delivery can take different amounts of time. I found that slowly getting back into a regular exercise routine worked best for me. I started with just a few exercises and a small amount of reps to start. As my body adjusted, I added more exercises and increased the amount of reps I was doing.

When beginning an exercise program, it can be important that new mothers take into consideration their daily schedule. For example, if a mother knows that their newborn will be taking a nap for at least half an hour, that time is a great opportunity to do some physical activities. While my little one slept I loved getting a few exercises in, instead of simply napping (even though that did sound appealing!). Getting in some exercise actually made me feel rejuvenated. Simple cardio and abdominal exercises can be done in the home or outside with very little equipment. A mother can buy a few fun exercise videos as well to help guide her through a well-rounded routine if she doesn’t feel confident in her ability to maintain a routine.

In addition to exercising regularly, new mothers should pay attention to their diet. Mothers that are breastfeeding will have to take that fact into consideration when planning their diet. A mother will need to increase her caloric intake to aid in milk production and will need to be sure to take in healthy foods for that increase. Lean proteins and plenty of fruits and vegetables should be eaten. Hydration is also another important part in assisting in breastfeeding, as well as helping shed pounds.

When planning out a new exercise regime to get fit after pregnancy, new mothers shouldn’t stress; with planning, attention to detail, and commitment, mothers can get their pre-pregnancy bodies back.

“This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche.  If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26.”