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After Pregnancy Weight Loss: Yoga after Pregnancy

After Pregnancy Weight Loss. You've had a baby! Now that the excitement and wonder has worn off you are probably looking down at your body and wondering what went wrong. After all, you kept fit during your pregnancy right? So where did all of this after pregnancy weight come from? Even if you didn't do a lick of exercise over the last nine months with yoga as your post pregnancy workout you can get your body back.

Losing weight after pregnancy and reclaiming your body does not have to be difficult when you choose an exercise after pregnancy such as yoga. There are tons of classes out there for new moms who want to get that post pregnancy belly into shape and jump start their post pregnancy weight loss. But before you start check out these yoga dos and don'ts for new moms.

Yoga Dos

If you are yoga first timer, or coming back post pregnancy here are a list of yoga dos:
  • Do take your time - rushing into a pose can result in pulled muscles, especially after pregnancy when your ligaments and joints are loose. Your post pregnancy belly is also a delicate area that should be treated gently.
  • Do keep it regular - the more yoga exercise you participate in the quicker you will see results the after pregnancy weight disappear and improved muscle tone.
  • Do drink water - keeping hydrated will help your muscles stretch and reduce post yoga exercise soreness.

    Yoga Don'ts

    Similarly, whether you are new to yoga or returning here are some yoga don'ts:
  • Don't go over your head - start off simply and easy, if you take too difficult a class you may become discouraged.
  • Don't let yoga be it - unless you are going five days a week if you really want that after pregnancy weight to disappear you'll want to include another type of exercise like walking or riding a stationary bike.
  • Don't overdo it - while you want to get fit, putting too much of a strain on your body is not a good idea right now while you are raising (and feeding) your baby. Listen to your body and let it tell you when it's had enough.

    Disclaimer - before you run out and buy a mat and leotard you first need to clear yoga exercise with your doctor. Usually for the first 6 to 12 weeks any type of exercise (other than walking) will be off limits to give your abdominal muscles time to knit together. While you may be eager to start a post pregnancy workout you have to go easy, especially if you have had a c-section.

    Once your doctor gives the go ahead for more vigorous exercise you can get started. Find a nice beginner yoga or mommy and me yoga class (where you can bring your baby) and begin whipping your post pregnancy belly back into shape. The great thing about yoga is you can begin as gently as you like and then increase the difficulty as you go, and watch that after pregnancy weight melt away. Eventually you can try other yoga exercise, such as Bikram or power yoga where your body will get more of a challenge.

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