It’s a wonder more women don’t train for pregnancy like a marathon. For 40 weeks, your body goes through more challenges and changes than any other time in your life.
A healthy pregnancy, labor and birth require good nutrition, hydration, endurance, strength and perseverance. Those first few and last few weeks—or even months—can be downright miserable, making top pregnancy performance a mental game as well.
But quite unlike a marathon, you’re going to need far more than a good stretch and a sports drink to recover.
Focus on these action steps from our friends at the National Women’s Health Information Center and you should naturally be feeling more like your pre-pregnancy self by the time you have your 6-week postpartum check up!
This is no time to accomplish projects. Right after birth you need physical, mental and emotional rest. You need time to get to know your baby and establish breastfeeding, says WomensHealth.gov.
Skip the faddish diets and focus on good nutrition to return to your pre-pregnancy size, says the Mayo Clinic. Breastfeeding burns 500+ calories a day! That’s just one more reason to brag about this healthy best for you and baby.
This is no time for Zumba! You’ll likely have a bloody discharge (Lochia) for weeks post-birth, as well as swelling in your arms and legs. You may still feel period-like cramping and have constipation. Be gentle with your body; it has made a miracle for you!