There’s no question pregnancy changes your body. You grow and stretch in ways you never though possible, and after your baby’s birth it takes awhile for things to get back to normal. If they ever do. Housing a growing human for 9 months is quite that task! After you’ve had some time to recover and you start thinking about shrinking, you have a baby to take care of and it’s pretty hard to take care of yourself and also a tiny human that needs you for essentially every important life function. There are ways to workout at home but how about those times when you can’t break away from baby for even a second?
Enter: BABYWEARING! Babywearing is the best thing to happen to fitness-oriented stay-at-homes (or, as I say, domestic engineers) since Suzanne Somers’ Thigh Master. I got my babywearing sling from My Babies Planet. Babywearing is an excellent way to tone up without even thinking about it. Here are a few reasons how rebuidling your strength with babywearing is possible.
It’s good for your core
Strapping a 15 pound baby to your chest does wonders for your abs. This only makes sense, when you are walking around the grocery store it’s your core doing half of the work! Just like wearing weights on your wrists and ankles, just this weight is cooing and smiling and wants nothing more than to be close to you.
It’s good for your legs
Just like how your kiddo works your core, it’s also great for your thighs and calves. Just walking around with the weight a natural workout but more importantly when you drop something or need to pick something up off the floor you will naturally go into a squat (if you bend over at the hips your baby is going to slip right out.) The more squats you do, the better that booty will be!
It’s helpful when breastfeeding
If you are a mother lucky enough to be able to breastfeed her child, babywearing makes it so easy to feed in public. If you are walking through the mall and it’s time for lunch, your baby is already right where he needs to be – just latch him and keep on shopping! As we know, breastfeeding does great things for your health (in addition to the health of your baby) so the easier it is to maintain your breastfeeding relationship, the better it is for both of you.
It’s good for your soul
The more contact you have with your baby, the happier they are and the happier YOU are. Especially in the early months babies need to know they are loved, protected and cared for. When they are close to you, it helps both of you build that bond. If they are teething or going through a growth spurt, this might be the only way to comfort them. When you wear your baby, they are content and you can still get things done around the house and be moving towards your fitness goals.
There are a few types of babywearing devices. I switch back and forth between my Moby wrap and my Snugli harness. They both have pros and cons, in the end I just go with what I’m in the mood for. The Snugli is overall easier to put on and adjust – you just snap it around you and plop the babe in. I use this when we go on hikes or if he’s awake and happy because it’s easier for him to look around and interact with the world. The Moby hugs your baby more and keeps them closer to you. I use this when he has had a fussy day or if we have to go out during his nap time.
I wear my baby every chance I get – be it when walking the dog, vacuuming the living room or doing my holiday shopping. I’m definitely sore more often than not now, but I know it’s because I am getting stronger! I also share the love and sometimes pass the buck to my dude and let him wear our little booger for a while – even though he didn’t grow the baby, he was with me for every single late night Dairy Queen trip and his sympathy pregnancy weight is just as hard to lose.
Just know that you will eventually get your body back into shape, but it might not be the same as it was before. The most important thing is to focus on nourishing and growing your little one, while being gentle with yourself. Small steps add up to big changes, and babywearing is a great place to start!
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