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So, you have had a baby (or several) and your weight is not what it was. Neither is your body. As a postpartum woman myself and a trainer, I understand where you are. And I can help you get moving again. However, don’t jump right in there. Play it smart and avoid injury!

First of all, let’s have a reality check. Your body is not what it used to be. You supported the life of at least one other human being. It is the greatest gift in life to give life and you are blessed to do so. Your body will NOT be what it was. This is important to realize, and this is NOT necessarily a negative thing.

This does not mean you have to accept flab, extra weight or a protruding abdomen. It means that the body has to change during pregnancy, and some things about that change will change you forever. The goal, then, is NOT to be what you were before you had kids…it’s to be BETTER. Is this possible? Are you kidding? You went through hours of labor and strife. You are strong beyond belief.

Yes, being a hot mom is possible. You may end up weighing less and having smaller measurements than before, but you may not be fitting into those jeans again simply because of the biological requirements of giving birth. So, don’t hang on to the past. Look forward to a better future!

Here are the steps to getting back to fitness, or starting fitness postpartum. Keep in mind that this is my method as a trainer and may not be the method of other trainers and professionals. Talk to your doctor about your choices in fitness.

1. As soon as possible postpartum, use an abdominal splint or brace. I recommend using a splint or brace night and day for six weeks. It is not comfortable or fun, but it will help with the stretching and possible tearing that happened to your midsection while you were pregnant.

The female body was made to stretch to support a baby, but that does not mean it will snap back and be flat after birth. If you have a caesarian, the hospital will give you an abdominal binder. Otherwise, go to your local drug store and get an abdominal binder or splint, or order a splint from Julie Tupler: http://www.sobebabies.com/shop/lose-your-mummy-tummy-splint-p-205.html.

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