When to return to yoga after pregnancy has always been an issue for most women. It is not advisable for any mother to resume her usual fitness regime just a few weeks after birth. The Kardashians have a way of making this look cool, but in real sense, it’s far from that. While some mothers find it difficult to shed a few kilos after birth, most of them don’t consider this a problem. Their bodies go back to normal within a considerable amount of time.
Yoga after pregnancy, when done correctly, can have a significant physical impact. How to go about it? These few tips will help you get back on track after nine long months of carrying that little bundle of joy.
1. Wrap Up Your Belly
Immediately after the first post-partum shower, wrap a postnatal wrap or corset around your belly. This will adjust the stability of the internal organs, as well as clamp down the uterus. It will support the lower back as well and get your confidence in check. How long you should wear this is entirely up to you. The longer your belly is wrapped, the higher the benefits. Ideally, you should have it on for the first 4-5 weeks.
2. Ease up
Take this tip seriously. Whichever way you can, just rest. You could take the first 2-3 weeks or so to bond with your baby. This will give you peace of mind and relaxation like no other. Aside from that, also take this time to take care of yourself in all ways possible. What you eat really matters. Have equal amounts of iron supplements and vitamins. Take in lots of water to keep your body hydrated at all times. When your baby takes a shut-eye, you could do the same.
3. Take Regular Walks
Within the first few days or weeks after pregnancy, take a walk at specific times of the day. Taking walks in the mornings will enable you to relax while taking in the sun’s Vitamin D. You could also opt to do this with your baby in a baby sling. The postnatal wrap should support your lower back and hold your core so as to retain stretched muscles and ligaments.
Benefits of Yoga after Pregnancy
1. Speeds up the recovery process
Gentle yoga helps to relieve the lower back pain that comes along with carrying a baby for nine months. It also comforts the strained muscles of the arms, back, legs, shoulders, and hips.
2. Improves posture
Pregnancy can have adverse effects on a woman’s posture. The spine’s posture may be deformed by activities such as nursing, lifting and carrying the baby. Regular yoga, both before and after pregnancy, improves posture as it relieves stiff joints by opening up the chest and shoulder.
3. Improves Endurance
Weakness after childbirth is normal in every mother. Physical weakness is expressed in the lack of stamina and endurance. New mothers complain of chronic fatigue, muscle and joint aches and excessive tiredness. Yoga assists in the improvement of core strength, stretching the muscles and improving the endurance levels. This will ensure the new mothers have an enjoyable new phase of life and above all, a healthy body.