Without a doubt, going through pregnancy is one of the most amazing things a woman can experience. Now that you've been blessed with your bundle of joy and your doctor has given you clearance to work out, you might be wondering 'how do I get back into shape?'. You're not alone if you're feeling uncomfortable with your post-baby body, and there are many ways to remedy that without spending hours at the gym!
Whether your baby is still having tummy time or is already crawling around on all fours, this full body workout was specifically designed for you to do anywhere that your little one might take you. Not only are these movements easy enough for those who are inexperienced, they only require a small set of dumbbells (or small weighted items in your home!). Give this a try a few times a week and you'll start feeling more like yourself in no time!
Position yourself so you're on all fours. Place your knees together and intertwine your ankles. Move your hands below your shoulders. Lower yourself towards the ground making sure your core stays tight and your back is straight. Push up from the ground back and then return to the starting position. Repeat 8-12 times.
Lunge with Bicep Curl
Step into the lunge position (one foot in front of your body, the other foot behind your body) with a dumbbell in each hand. Lower your body so your knees are at a 90 degree angle. Make sure you squeeze your glutes! Return to the original position. Perform bicep curl. Repeat 10-12 times on each leg.
Lay on your back with your hands at your side. Bend your knees with your feet placed flat on the ground. Raise your butt off the ground by pushing off with your feet. Pause at the top for 1 second and squeeze your glutes. Lower down to the starting position. Repeat 10-12 times.
Side Plank Hip Raise
Position yourself on your side with your hips stacked and your shoulder over your elbow. Raise your hips and hold for 1 second. Lower to the ground. Repeat 8-10 times.
Lay on your back with your legs straight and toes pointed. Place your hands beneath your lower back to brace it. Lift legs to the sky while squeezing your core. Lower them to the ground. Repeat 10-12 times.
Stand with your feet hip-width apart with a dumbbell in each hand. Raise the dumbbells so they are just above your shoulders (this is your starting position). Raise them over your head while slightly bringing them together. Lower them back to starting position. Repeat 10-12 times.
Repeat this routine 3 times and soon you'll notice your strength returning and lifting your little one will feel easier than ever!