There is an old saying that goes an “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to pregnancy and weight management, this statement couldn’t be truer. If, by chance, you have stumbled upon this blog post while you are still pregnant, we can give you anecdotal confirmation that a doctor approved walking, swimming and other activity plan during pregnancy helps to keep the pounds at bay. It is reported that 30 minutes of activity, 3-6 times a week will do wonders for your waist line, will give you precious “me-time” to think and reflect, and can even lead to better experiences during labor. If you still have pregnancy weeks remaining, get a plan and get moving now!
If time is not in your favor, and you have already delivered your baby, round two of the weight maintenance plan is where to begin. Immediately after the baby is delivered your body is in a period of flux. This is prime time (once you get the green light from your medical provider), to begin working on the core muscles in your stomach, not the “6-pack muscles”, the muscles that run through your abdomen that hold up your back, pelvis, hips and shape your torso. Core work plus a walking, swimming or aerobic activity plan is the best way to rebuild your body.
Here are some items or plans that worked for us: