Apparently one of the biggest fears women have about getting pregnant is gaining weight. That’s right – forget the 27 hours in labour and the dawning realization that the baby comes out of “there” – the thought of putting on 30 or 50 pounds is the really scary thing. Because regardless of what celebrity ubermoms like Cindy Crawford will tell you, the getting back into shape (yours, not hers) will take blood, sweat, and tears, (and that’s just getting on the lycra shorts), not just “running around after your kids”. As the mother of four children, however, I feel it is my duty to point out the “Unexpected Work Out” that Moms-to-be may not be aware of. Children can in fact provide the basis for specific spot toning exercises.
Most women are concerned with reshaping their newly formed `pooch’ after delivery. You know the sagging area of skin that used to resemble your stomach? The good news is you can restore your abdomen to its pre-pregnancy luster, or at least a semblance thereof. It will take a lot of hard work however on your part.
One of the best things you can do is set some goals for yourself. Goal setting is an important aspect of any successful weight loss strategy. The type of goals you set will depend on the amount of weight you have to lose and your personal fitness goals and desires.
One point can’t be emphasized enough. Weight loss takes time after pregnancy. A sensible goal would be to lose 1-2 pounds per week, particularly if you are looking for the weight you gained to stay off.
One of the best things you can do to prepare for pregnancy is start exercising regularly. You don’t have to join the Boston Marathon, but even walking around the block a few times per week will help tone and condition your body and help you prepare for the journey ahead.
To find the correct muscles to target, pretend that you are trying to stop urinating. Squeeze those muscles for a few seconds and then relax. Repeat this every few seconds. It’s as simple as that. Nobody even has to know that you’re doing them. Just make sure you breathe while doing the kegal exercises.