I’m so proud of myself. Yesterday morning, I went to a dance fit class in order to tone up after having my baby.
The dance fit class was at 9:30am, so I went straight after taking my children to school. I was also able to take my 12 week old, so that was really helpful!
I was a little nervous going back to physical exercise after having my baby, because it has been a year since I’ve done any exercise whatsoever; aside from walking a mile here and there on the school run. But it felt so good to be doing some cardio again, and I was able to do most of the class despite my little one needing a feed and a nappy change in the middle of it all!
As we all know, physical exercise is recommended by health professionals to help with mental health issues like depression, and that’s the reason I do it. I’m not necessarily trying to lose weight, though toning up would be a bonus side-effect. When you exercise, your body produces endorphins, and these are proven to give you a positive boost in mood, as many studies have shown. Some more information about that can be found here.
After having a baby, your body changes and your self-esteem is likely to deteriorate. Getting out there and moving again post-partum can be the key to boosting this, though it’s often quite hard to actually do it! Mentally, there might be a block (self-esteem issues or feeling too tired), but also logistically! If you’re breastfeeding, or a single mum, your baby needs to be with you all of the time. This is why it was important to me to find a class that enables me to take my baby along, in case she needed me.
After doing the class yesterday, 12 weeks after having my baby, I would advise you to get out there and do what you can. Walking is a great way of getting fresh air and exercising, and if you fancy a bit more cardio make sure you speak to your doctor first, and get the all-clear to go ahead – generally, this is between 6 and 8 weeks post-partum. It might be longer, if you’ve had a C-section. But, it really works. I felt so good yesterday, I didn’t even need a mid-day snooze!
Any questions or feedback? Comment below. If you’re in the post-partum period, what are you doing to get back into exercise? Let me know. I’d love to hear from you!