Working Out While Wearing Your Baby
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A workout while you wear your baby?! Yep, it's a thing.
We partnered with the moms of the Santa Clarita Valley Fit4Mom in California to show you how, because we want to make it possible for you to get that self-care into your regular routine.
As a new mom, there is nothing more important than self-care. It's difficult to be the best mom possible without caring for yourself in some way and working out with a group of moms is fantastic way to make it happen!
The Fit4Mom chapters want you to know that they get it and they are right there, in the trenches with you :
You are not alone, Mama!
We understand that putting yourself out there is difficult, so we want to put you at ease:
- If you are sleep deprived - so are we.
- If you don't recognize your post-baby body and have a little anxiety about spandex - so do we.
- If you are having trouble finding the time to work out - so are we.
- If you are feeling emotional and overwhelmed - so are we.
- If baby is fussy and you are afraid that they will cry during class - our babies cry too.
- If you are experiencing baby blues or even postpartum depression - so are we.
- If you haven't worked out in over a year - we haven't either.
- If you feel a little awkward putting yourself out there and meeting new people - so do we.
What we mean by this is that our members can all relate to these things. You will find FIT4MOM members who have been through everything on that list. So set aside your doubts, adjust your schedule and get out there!
Here are some of the workout tips Fit4Moms shared on their Instagram as well as the Baby K'tan Instagram all-in-one post. IF you like what you see, head to the national Fit4Mom website to find a chapter near you! But first, check out this amazing workout you can do while you wear your baby.
Maybe it’s always being hunched over feeding your baby. Or, maybe it’s the excessive spinal curves while carrying baby in utero and after birth. Whatever the reason may be, postpartum women tend to have tight & weak chest muscles, while their backs become stretched & weak. So, strap baby into a carrier like the Baby K'tan, grab a resistance band, & try this elevated bicep curl to help strengthen the muscles in your upper body and correct postural issues.
Lateral Leg Raises
During pregnancy, the hormone relaxin allows for your ligaments to loosen so baby can make his way through the pelvis. In the aftermath, this can cause instability in the pelvis & the muscles surrounding will need to step it up to help you maintain stability.
Work on strengthening the gluteus medius muscle with lateral leg raises. Place one hand on a wall for balance, & the other around baby. Even though the Baby K'tan Baby Carrier offers head and neck support, when doing certain exercises, adding extra support is always a good idea. Point both knees forward, keep your supporting leg soft, & lift the outside leg straight off the ground.