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Feeling Healthy Post-Baby (Guest Post)

Posted Nov 11 2011 12:00am

About a month ago, I gave birth to my third child. My pregnancy and delivery both went really well and even though my husband and I are thrilled to see our family grow just a little more, I'm anxious to get back to my pre-baby body. I'm glad I remember well my weight loss experiences after my first two children (read: I know to be patient in my journey back to my pre-baby body). All the same, I can't wait until I can get back to running a few times a week.

While I bide my time until I can go back to the gym – my doctor has recommended waiting a minimum of six weeks post-childbirth to resume working out – I'm concentrating on eating well for my health and that of my nursing newborn. While pregnant, I developed some unhealthy eating habits, like tearing through bags of potato chips between meals whose portions were already larger than I normally ate. (I took that "eating for two" thing to heart.) I had to retrain myself to eat several smaller meals throughout the day, rather than sitting down for three huge gorge-fests. I'm not actively trying to lose weight – it's too early post-baby to do so – but changing my diet slowly makes my postpartum recovery that much easier.

One of the best adages I've ever heard is "nine months up, nine months down." It took me the length of my pregnancy to gain 40 pounds; I can't expect to lose them all in two or three weeks. I look forward to being 'cleared' for exercise. I started using an elliptical  after my first child was born and I absolutely love it. It's a great way to get back into shape and allows me to stay home with the kids while I exercise, rather than having to hire a sitter while I dash to the gym. I love the elliptical because it gives my body a break from the days when get in my cardio by going running. I also look forward to resuming water aerobics , which is a great low-impact exercise that helps me stay toned and feeling good.

In addition to exercise and a healthy eating plan, I've found that it's very important to take time for myself . I learned that lesson the hard way with my first child when I tried to do everything by myself. It nearly took an intervention from my husband and mother to get me to share baby duty. I had gotten myself into the mindset that I was supermom and honestly really needed to just sit down and relax for a minute. I've found that taking even 30 minutes for myself, usually right when my husband gets home, is great for easing tension and exhaustion. I had grand plans to spend my down time reading or taking bubble baths, but so far, taking short naps are in the lead for my favorite 'me time' activity. I'll let you know if that changes any time soon, but right now my pillow is calling my name.

About the Author

Holly Watson is a stay-at-home mom of three beautiful children. She loves being a mom and enjoys blogging in her spare time for Sears and other reputable brands she uses every day.

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