Friday, July 09, 2010

Postpartum Fitness

Exercise After Baby
By Paige Waehner, Guide

Having a baby means a lot of things: losing sleep, learning how to hold a tiny person correctly and dealing with the weight you gained during your pregnancy. As you try to get your new routine down, exercise may seem like that last thing you feel like doing. But, being active now is more important than ever because it helps raise metabolism, shed extra weight, provides much-needed energy and helps reduce stress and tension.

Studies show that most women gain an average of about 30 pounds during pregnancy, although many of us end up gaining a lot more than that. On average, 18 to 20 pounds are usually lost within a month of having a baby, but it's those extra pounds that can be tough to get rid of. Your body may be different after having a baby. But, with a little patience and consistent exercise, you can get back into shape.

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