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5 Essential Post-Pregnancy Workouts

It can be hard to find the motivation to get fit again after giving birth, especially because the lack of sleep from having a newborn has left you with no energy. The good news is that when you're ready, there are some fantastic post-pregnancy workouts.

First, remember not to resume exercise until you have been given the all clear by a medical professional. Also, take it slow and don't push yourself. Rather ease into everything gradually and listen to what your body is telling you, and one of the best ways to do this is with low-impact aerobic activity—such as walking.

Postnatal yoga is another great exercise after pregnancy, and some of the top poses include Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose) Arms. According to YogaJournal this will help with the aching neck and shoulders caused by breastfeeding (or bottle feeding). The pose is relatively simple, and you can find full details of how to do it on their website.

After giving birth you will have weakened abdominal muscles and you need to be very careful before starting any abdominal workouts and pay attention to your pelvic floor. A great way to strengthen your pelvic floor is with pilates. Robin Long, from The Balanced Life, has a YouTube channel which is perfect for new moms and you can follow her postpartum workout routine online (and in the comfort of your own home).

Body Beyond Birth is another online resource consisting of physiotherapist designed workouts for women who have given birth and will allow you to gradually build strength, lose weight and ensure that you are working out in the right way. MuTu System is another baby recovery program designed to help strengthen your core and pelvic floor.

And when your baby is a little older, you might enjoy attending a baby boot camp class (perfect for mothers of all fitness levels) which includes 60-minute stroller fitness classes. These workouts focus on incorporating cardio, strength, and core.

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