As a new mom I remember searching #fitmom on Instagram, scrolling through these feeds and thinking…‘how in the heck am I ever going to find time to workout again?!’ And ‘is my body every going to be mine again?’
No. This might not be the answer you want to hear, but keep reading mama, trust me you’re going to like what’s coming…
No, you’re never going to ‘find time’ to workout as a new mom. But you can make time. If working out makes you feel strong, if it helps you find a sense of ‘the old you’, if it helps you cope with postpartum depression and anxiety you need to make time for working out.
And no, your body is never going to be yours again. You will forever share your body with your children in the most magical way. Your chest will forever be a place of warmth for your baby. Your arms, a place of comfort and rest. Your legs, a place for bouncing playtime and hiding when your toddler shy’s from a stranger.
When I think about how magical sharing my body is with my baby in this respect, it makes knowing that my body will never be just mine again feel much more magical. As a breastfeeding mama who still sharing a lot of my body with my baby, I need some additional nutrients. And since a lot of you have asked about my postpartum supplement routine, I’m sharing all my postpartum supplements below.
As a new mom I know it’s not always feasible to get uninterrupted time to workout without your baby. So I created this 15 Minute Mommy + Me Workout; 6 exercises you can do at home with your baby!
Turn playtime into #fitmom time with this total body, postpartum workout you can do with your baby or little.
If you’re having trouble viewing this Mommy + Me Workout, try turning off or pausing your ad-blocker. If you prefer, you can watch this video on Youtube here.
Note: this workout is designed to be done with a baby who has good head/neck control. You can always modify the exercises as needed to keep your baby on the mat if they are not at this stage yet.
This 15-minute mommy + me workout consists of six exercises you can do with your baby. You’ll repeat all six exercises x 3 sets.
Perform each exercise for 40 seconds followed by a 20 second break for the first set, then 30 seconds followed by a 15 second break for the second set, and finally 20 seconds followed by a 10 second break for the third set.
Repeat x 3 sets, dropping the ‘working time’ by 10 seconds per set.
see video above for complete workout and proper exercise form.
When I heard some of my mom friends sharing that they had lost scary amounts of bone density from pregnancy and breastfeeding, I was curious and empowered to learn more so I could avoid this.
Your body is designed to give to baby first, drawing nutrients from your body to provide for baby. Which can sometimes leave you, mama, nutrient-deficient.
As a breastfeeding mama, who’s struggling to keep up with my little milk machine, I’m taking more supplements postpartum then I ever have. Honestly, I’m not a huge supplement fan. I prefer to get my nutrients from real food. But in an effort to stay healthy, strong, and desperately trying to produce more milk, these are the supplements I’m taking:
Additional items I rely on to help with my milk supply and overall health:
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