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Post pregnancy exercising

Dr. Shalini Kapoor Kad
June 11, 2010

A homoeopathic paediatrician, a counselling expert and a freelance writer are a few words to describe my profession. My sole aim is to put forth practical piece of information that guides every one right in the direction, blending the medicos to a layman with a simple gesture to make the medical things a little less convoluted and comprehendible.


Giving birth to a child is a beautiful experience and every woman cherishes this gift. But often even in the euphoria of happiness and chirpiness all around; she feels sad and gloomy due to her distorted body structure. Weight gain with pregnancy is a must and can’t be avoided but it surely can be shed off easily after the birth. A female needs to be very cautious of what she opts for as the body is fragile and may not work as strenuous as it used to before the gestation period. She needs to vigilantly understand her body type, problem areas, limitations and restrictions to make the most even in a demanding situation. Begin sad won’t work but being wise surely will.

Walking is the best option to begin with. Here a mother can choose her speed and way easily. Initial stages comprise of normal speed walk for shorter durations which may be lengthened and speed up later as comfortable. Here no special skill is to be adopted and it can be accomplished with ease and no hassle of any sort of machinery, professional help etc. All you need is the spirit, time, comfortable dress and shoes to do it.

Next on the list is a level higher, these should always be brainstormed once a female has reached a comfortable walking zone. As taking these directly can be a harm giving the body no room to adapt to the abrupt change. One has to be careful while selecting these programs they should not be heavy and not involve much of sweating. Further no diet control is advisable at this stage, as the female body is in the process of regaining the lost and also she is making up for the infant food. So no food gives up on this stage. Eat right and healthy, it is advisable to consult a doctor so that there is no scope of any ill nourishment what so ever both for the child and the mother. The infant is growing and any mishandling on the mother end can leave long standing traces.

Yoga and meditation, this form of exercising is useful and should be adopted by every nursing mother.  The format let the muscle relaxes and stretch to deal with the excess bulk gained recently. Further it also alleviates stress and is also useful o combat post pregnancy depression keeping her elated and chirpy throughout. Concentration, relaxation tamed breathing these all in turn help the body to find the lost, stay focused and healthy. The only irony here lies is an expert guide; these should never be adopted on own. Assistance must be applied till a female becomes confidant of all asana, moves and their results / benefits.

Dancing is a joyous exercise which helps tone every segment. After walking stage is done, dancing can be adopted. They stimulate the feel good factors and also keep one away from any gloom hovering backside. If one enjoys dancing or wanted to learn a form for years then this is the time.

Further with adaptation to the above and sometime later a female can move ahead and gain back her flawless shape easily. But soon after pregnancy she needs to be vigilant and smart to curtail all effects to the minimum with fun and no sighs.    

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