6 Simple Exercises To Do With Your Baby To Make The Postpartum Period Easier

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There’s a lot of pressure on new moms to cope with all the developments that come with having a baby. Not only for their lifestyle but for their body as well. A woman’s body is truly miraculous. It can stretch out and expand wide enough to house a life for nine months, give birth to a baby, feed the baby and deal with all of life’s new demands. And as important as it is to rest and recover, one way to make new mamas feel better is getting a bit of exercise in with the baby. Not only can this be a small portion of time you can take for yourself but working out can also be a great way to bond with your baby and have a good time together. The key is not to overdo it and take things at your own pace. Here are some fun and easy exercises to do with your baby.

1. Airplane

Your baby will love playing the flying airplane, so this is a win-win situation for the mom and the baby. This exercise is a great addition to your routine. It’s fun, it’s simple and it isn’t too taxing. Just lie down on your back and place your baby on your legs below the knees. Make sure you are able to balance them properly before you raise them up and down. You can even hold onto them as you fly the airplane. This exercise will work your arms, thighs and abdominal muscles.

2. Rocket Ship

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A great way to get your muscles moving while still doing daily chores is to find ways to incorporate a little bit of movement into your daily routine. For example, when you are playing with your little one, you could lift them up like they are on a rocket ship and gently lower them back down. This is great for your arms. If you want to make things more interesting, do a lung while lifting your baby up. This will help work out your leg muscles and glutes as well. Repeating the action a couple of times will get your blood pumping and your baby giggling.

3. Downward Facing Dog

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Place your little one on the yoga mat and stretch out your arms and legs, doing the downward facing dog yoga pose. Make sure to kneel on your hands and knees. Lift your hips, stretching the backs of your legs. Let your head hang heavy and look in the direction of your belly. Your feet should parallel or be on your tiptoes. You can also make it easier by bending your knees a bit. As you do this you can give your baby a kiss or talk to them.

4. Wide Squat

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Turn your feet outward and suck your belly button in. sick a little lower until you find your balance or feel your pelvic floor. And then push through your heels and lift back up. Keep your knees wide but ensure that they don’t go over your toes. These are all the things to keep in mind while doing a wide squat. You can either carry your baby while you do this exercise if you’d like to add some weight or simply place them on the floor right before you so they can high five you every time you lower yourself into a squat. You can also explain what you are doing and help them exercise their verbal skills while you work out your hips and legs.

5. The Bridge

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Lie on your back and bend your knees by sliding your feet up toward your bottom. Now place your baby on your hips, and hold them with both arms. The next step is to lift your bottom up in the air and hold this position for a few seconds. We’re sure your little one will love the going up and down motion, giving you some time to take care of your tummy, bottom, and thigh muscles.

6. Peek-a-boo Crunches

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You may want to consult your doctor before you start doing sit ups as they usually recommend you wait until your baby has turned at least 1. However, when you are ready for this kind of core workout, simply place your baby on your hips and play peek-a-boo with them. While lying on the floor, cover your face with your palms, and when lifting your shoulders off the floor, reveal your face and say “peek-a-boo.” Every baby loves playing this game so this exercise will be a fan favorite.

Feeling like yourself again and getting a sense of your own body can take time after giving birth. It is important to give yourself the time to rest and patiently push yourself to be more active with your new workout buddy. You’ve got this mama!

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Kezia John

Kezia holds a deep interest in writing about women adapting to motherhood and childcare. She writes on several topics that help women navigate the joys and responsibilities of being a new mom and celebrate every stage of their baby's development. When she is not writing for MomJunction, she sings in a classical Western choir and reads endlessly.