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Summary: I have a six-month-old baby but would like to get back into working out. What considerations should I take when deciding how to exercise?

Image Credit: Supplied Shaazia Qureishi Kanchwala, Managing Director and Pilates Teacher at The PAD

I have a six-month-old baby but would like to get back into working out. What considerations should I take when deciding how to exercise? Firstly, it is important to accept that your body isn't the same as it was before pregnancy. It has borne a new human and undergone a lot of changes! Accepting that, you should move forward patiently and do only what feels good and comfortable in your body to begin with. If you have had a normal delivery, there are no specific exercises you need to avoid. I would recommend starting with Pilates and cardio, and then move on to strength training.

The main focus areas post-partum should be your abdominals and lower back, as these are the areas that get weakened during pregnancy. Pilates really helps to strengthen these areas, and does so gently without causing any strain on your joints. It also helps improve you posture, which is essential to manage as you will be holding a baby for long hours, which leads to protracted shoulders. You could also attend special mum's and newborns classes, which focus specifically on strengthening your pelvic floor, while allowing you to bring your baby to class with you. We have such classes at The PAD. The most important thing is for you to listen to your body, and not make it do something that doesn't make you feel good. A happy mama means a happy baby -- so remember your happiness is key! Instagram: @ThePADDXB Facebook: ThePADDXB

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Oct 7, 2018
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