Lose Weight After Pregnancy

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Medical experts agree that the best thing a pregnant woman can do for herself, both physically and emotionally (provided she gets her doctor's okay), is to maintain some kind of exercise program. Exercising now can help control the amount of weight gained, meaning there is less to lose after delivery. Also, studies show women who exercise regularly throughout their pregnancy often find themselves in better cardiovascular health than before they conceived. This makes losing whatever "baby fat" is gained much, much easier.

Exercise during pregnancy has impressive psychological benefits as well. First, it can give a pregnant woman a precious sense of control over at least one aspect of her life. Regular exercise can also help minimize the frequency and intensity of mood swings.

After pregnancy, exercise is, of course, the best way to get rid of extra weight. However, it's important to avoid high-impact exercises that can strain overworked, healing abdominal muscles. Specific activities to avoid include contact sports, jogging, crunches, or those sports that take place in extreme altitudes, such as mountain climbing or scuba diving.

Beating the Post-Baby Blues

Exercise is also very useful in combating post-partum depression. Many find group classes dedicated specifically to new mothers particularly appealing at this time. The combination of exercise, long known to combat emotional fatigue, coupled with supportive, understanding classmates is a powerful deterrent to the baby blues.

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