I’m exclusively breast feeding bub and loved gym (a lot) prior to this pregnancy… just wondering how mums go about getting back into exercise after having bub.

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Posted anonymously, 24th November 2018


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  • Walking bub in the pram is always an easy one to do. You can also use bub for strength training such as lifting up and down, though it’s better when they have some weight to them. Even just doing star jumps in your living room or wherever is good.



  • I bought a cross trainer off gumtree (pre kids I loved going on runs) and when bubs was sleeping I tried to sneak in 20mins on there. I tried to remember something is better than nothing. I drink heaps of water to help digest food. Go on walks with the kids (I have a one year old and three year old) also may sound off but I make my food hot/spicy ie if I made a salad I’d add chilli sauce(not sweet chilli) and I found that satisfied me quicker. I’m back at work full time so exercise opportunity is minimal. But just remember any small amount of exercise is better than nothing, great for positive mind set too. Good luck :)



  • Breastfeeding will help a lot. Just take your time, sleep deprivation is a killer, so nutritious meals and some light exercise like walking are a great start til you’re adjusted to Mum life.



  • Take your time. Breast feeding helps SO much. It helped me both times, especially because I was feeding constantly with both babies. It’s mainly diet and exercise. But a lot of people think it’s just exercise – wrong! Try having light but nourishing meals – especially since your breast feeding. Once you get the OK from your gp, start with light walking everyday. Once you feel like your getting back to normal (which could take awhile) start doing home workouts while your baby sleeps. YouTube always has heaps of exercises especially for post partum mums. Good luck!



  • I bought a cheap second hand treadmill so I could do it when the kids were sleeping. It also helps to keep active for as long as possible through your pregnancy continuing with your normal exercise routines. I was still running until about 8mths.



  • Surely I was suppose to write four times a week.



  • It took me 9 months to get back to my pre-baby weight but before pregnancy, I was running four times a night and doing weekly barre and ballet classes so I was quite fit and then post partum….just daily walks to get the baby to sleep.

    Just take it easy, being a mum is more important.



  • A fitness tracker can help to tracks steps and motivate to increase exercise.



  • I am also breastfeeding for about 1 year now and been gaining weight from 50 kilos to 55 kilos..but,since we arrived Queensland 3 months ago; I started to lower my carbs intake. Instead of eating rice as I used to, I eat bread in the morning along with milk or some oats and do some exercise. Just control yourself upon eating lots of foods and have a regular diet.



  • Before pregnancy, during pregnancy and after pregnancy I consumed/consume a diet of well balanced and healthy foods and get plenty of exercise which is good for the mind and the body.



  • Take it slow. Do what your body can handle. And beware, at 8 months, bubs will need you less. Drop your appetite to match (I didn’t and am still struggling).


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