You did it! You made it through the pregnancy, the delivery and now you have a beautiful baby. Your mood is soaring high, right? Perhaps not. While becoming a new mom brings feelings of extraordinary love and joy, you are also exhausted, worried, and can feel isolated while caring for your child’s every need.
There is something you can do to improve your state of mind. Exercise!
I know what you are thinking, “ How am I supposed to find time to workout? I’m tired and need to breastfeed and do the laundry and…” But taking time for yourself to get some exercise can alleviate anxiety and boost your mood. Moving your body increases your energy level so you can more easily handle the stresses of new motherhood. Plus, research shows regular exercise helps reduce the risk of postpartum depression.
Group exercise is a great option for new moms because it gives you the opportunity to socialize while you move. Talking with other mothers can minimize the isolation of those postpartum months and help you realize that everything you feel (the good, the bad, the ugly) is normal.
It may be difficult to put on those sweatpants and get yourself to class, but you will be glad you did. Keep in mind every pregnancy and delivery is different so check with your doctor before starting any exercise program after giving birth.
MOVE OF THE WEEK: WALKING
Set up a regular walking date with a friend to come to Mommies on the Move class!
Mommies on the Move provides fun, effective fitness classes and social support for Spokane moms and moms-to-be. See their Facebook page to find out more!