Pre-Natal & Post Natal Fitness
Fitness expert Julie DelaBarre helps keeps you in shape…before, during and after your baby arrives.
While some might thing it’s not a good time to work out because you’re pregnant or have just given birth, but there couldn’t be a better time to begin. By maintaining a regular workout schedule, you will not only feel better (which helps battle those awful baby blues), you can actually sculpt the body you’ve always dreamed of.
Pre-natal workouts help prevent gestational diabetes, which can develop during pregnancy. When you are engaged in a pre-natal workout program, you can also stave off stress, and build the much-needed stamina for labor and delivery. The question is why wouldn’t you work out during your pregnancy?
Post-natal workouts are vital to getting back your PMS. Not the PMS you might be thinking about, but your positive mental state! Feeling good after giving birth can often be a battle for new moms. Why is it a battle? More often than not, you are suffering from lack of sleep and battling “Mommy Brain.” What is Mommy Brain? Cortisol, the same hormone that comes into play during childbirth, kicks in whenever we’re stressed. With the drain of giving birth, challenges of raising kids you might already have, moms experience an overdose of cortisol. This is a constant assault on the brain’s memory centers and thus, we get absentmindedness. Not to worry, there are ways to get around this and I am here to help.
As a mother of two, I know all too well what it feels like after you’ve given birth…you’re too tired to work out. Basically, you feel too tired to do pretty much anything, but working out will actually help you feel and look your best!
Working out in preparation for giving birth is not about firming up, but more about loosing up. The exercises you choose during this time should simply get your heart pumping, stretching your muscles and help manage the weight gain while we’re pregnant. The bottom line is this; the better shape you’re in before giving birth, the easier time you are going to have during the intense stage of labor and delivery. When it comes time to “lose the baby weight,” you will already be on your way because your metabolism is elevated because of your workout routine before giving birth.