Before you begin
- Check with your doctor before starting any postpartum exercise program.
- Watch the entire DVD before you begin the work-out, paying close attention to safety information.
- Work out in a well-ventilated room, stay hydrated, and wear proper footwear and a supportive bra.
- If you experience sudden bleeding or dizziness, stop immediately and contact your doctor.
Take it easy
- Gentle exercises help speed up postnatal recovery.
- Bounce Back Fast! Post Natal Core Conditioning
The scoop: Filled with restorative moves such as Kegels and belly scooping, the DVD also features an abdominal-strengthening program.
Why you’ll love it: Helene Byrne, a perinatal-exercise specialist, provides information on reconditioning the muscles most affected by pregnancy and labor.
- Fusion Pilates for Post Pregnancy & C-section Recovery FUSION PLATES. $22; FUSIONPILATES.COM
The scoop: This Pilates-based DVD offers postnatal exercises for the first six weeks, plus a low-impact cardio workout to boost strength and stamina after six weeks.
Why you’ll love it: Designed by pre and postnatal exercise expert Jennifer Gianni, it’s packed with information on recovering from either a C-section or a vaginal birth.
BOND WITH YOUR BABY
Once you’re able to resume regular exercise (usually after your six-week checkup), consider a mom-and-baby workout.
* Mommy Baby Body Builders
LILY PRODUCTIONS. $18; LILYPRO.COM
The scoop: This full-body strengthening program allows you to incorporate your baby into each exercise. Moves such as baby lifts, the airplane and the Superman make working out feel more like playtime for you and your baby.
Why you’ll love it:The exercises are creative and the outdoor setting serene. Physical therapist Lyda Liu and speech-language pathologist Lindy Shapiro teach fun ways to interact with your baby to boost her motor and communication skills.
* Back in Shape With Baby
EXERCISE WITH MOMMY $20; EXERCISEWITHMOMMY.COM
The scoop: Ten-, 15-, and 20-minute stretching and strengthening workouts are done alone or with your baby.
Why you’ll love it: Miniworkouts make it easy to fit exercise into your schedule no matter how busy you are. Instructor Amy Burton, an ACE-certified personal trainer, suggests clever tricks you can do to entertain your baby. like clapping your hands while doing cardio side-taps.
GET MOVING OUTSIDE
When you’re ready to pick up the pace and work your muscles, try a stroller workout.
* Sara Holliday’s Stroller Workout for Moms HOLLIDAY ENTERPRISES. $25; FITBYSARA.COM
The scoop: This audio CD and DVD set offers a challenging 60-minute workout with intervals of power walking and kickboxing. as well as core work and stretching.
Why you’ll love it: You can use it both indoors and out. Instructor Sara Holliday suggests rainy-day modifications such as jogging in place and using your sofa instead of a park bench for dips. Helpful hint: Watch the DVD before going outside.
BEE HOME VIDEO. $20: STROLLERTIME.COM
The scoop: The audio CD guides you through an outdoor power walk, while the DVD demonstrates an indoor toning program.
Why you’ll love it: Perfect for all fitness levels, the audio CD lets you choose either a beginner or an advanced workout. During the video portion, cartoons float across the screen to engage your baby. Bonus material offers safe ways to incorporate your baby into the toning moves.
Teri Hanson is Fit Pregnancy’s fitness editor and the mother of one.
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