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Postpartum Fitness Programs Northampton MA

Local resource for postpartum fitness programs in Northampton, MA. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to postpartum diet planning, aerobic exercises, postnatal workouts, fitness goal setting, and postpartum recovery, as well as advice and content on coping with postpartum depression.

Universal Health & Fitness
(413) 585-9900
33 Hawley Street
Northampton, MA
 
Strength For Life Health and Fitness Center
(413) 586-2300
225R King St
Northampton, MA
 
Curves Northampton
141 Damon Rd.
Northampton, MA
 
Easthampton Little League
(413) 529-0719
1 Daley Field Rd
Easthampton, MA
 
Jazzercise Easthampton Old Town Hall
(413) 230-6525
43 Main St.
Easthampton, MA
Programs & Services
Jazzercise

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Northampton Tae Kwon Do
(413) 585-8500
306 King Street
Northampton, MA
 
Curves Northampton MA
141 Damon Rd., Unit H
Northampton, MA
Programs & Services
Aerobics, Body Sculpting, Cardio Equipment, Cardio Equipment, Circuit Training, Group Exercise Studio, Gym Classes, Gym Equipment, Gym Sports, Silver Sneakers, Zumba

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Fitness Together Northampton
(413) 582-0727
18 Strong Ave
Northampton, MA
Programs & Services
Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Jessica Berger Personal Fitness
(413) 527-1869
21 South Street
Easthampton, MA
 
Main St Fitness Center
(413) 527-7816
396 Main St
Easthampton, MA
 
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Getting Back To Your Pre-Pregnancy Weight

Getting Back To Your Pre-Pregnancy Weight

It can be hard for new moms to fit an exercise program into their busy schedule with their newborn. However, most mothers are eager to fit back into the jeans they wore before pregnancy, and to lose the dreaded baby belly. Although it takes time to get back in shape, with a little determination and diligence you can get back to your pre-pregnancy weight. You shouldn't try to lose too much weight two pounds or less is acceptable for non-breastfeeding women. If you're breastfeeding, you'll need to eat more calories, so don't skimp on meals to lose weight. A breastfeeding woman needs to be eating around 2,000 calories a day for optimal health.

The first step is healthy eating. It can be tempting to grab sugary snacks for energy, or to open a bag of chips when you don't have time for dinner. Eating healthy is one of the most important things you can do to lose pregnancy weight, so focus on eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables each day. Make sure there are lots of whole grain breads and cereals in your diet. For protein, eat lean meats and fish, or incorporate tofu into your diet if you're vegetarian.

Walking is great for losing weight. If you're walking at a quick pace, where your heart rate goes up, then you are burning fat. Walking is also an ideal exercise for moms as baby can come along in the stroller. You can start going for shorter walks soon after delivery, but you must be careful during this time as your body is still healing. Ask your doctor about a walking program, as certain delivery complications can make it dangerous to start an exercise program soon after delivery.

Once you're past the six week mark after delivery, you can slowly begin to return to your pre-pregnancy workouts. Aerobic exercise that increases your heart rate will target fat and help you drop those pounds. Swimming is excellent for toning your body and won't injure muscles or joints. Make sure you talk to your docto...

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Getting Rid of Your Baby Belly

Getting Rid of Your Baby Belly

The leftover fat around the belly is a common complaint of new moms everywhere. During pregnancy, you probably gained between 25 and 35 pounds, and when your baby is born, you're left with the detested baby belly. It can be hard for busy moms to fit in a postpartum fitness program with a demanding schedule of baby feeding, sleepless nights, and spending time with other family members and friends. These exercises can be done at home on your living room floor, so they're perfect for busy mothers who are trying to take care of a newborn.

Until about six weeks after delivery, you shouldn't attempt to do any exercises besides taking short walks and doing Kegels tightening and relaxing the muscles of the vaginal wall. After six weeks, if your doctor gives you the go-ahead, you're free to begin an exercise program of your choice.

It's important to remember that pregnancy weight can be stubborn, and you shouldn't over exercise or push your body too hard to try to drop the pounds. If you've had a C-section, you won't be able to do stomach strengthening exercises until your doctor has determined that the incision has completely healed.

One of the best tummy exercises you can do to tone are pelvic thrusts. To do pelvic thrusts, sit on the floor and bend your legs until your feet touch the floor. Tighten your abdominal muscles and gently roll your pelvis. Tighten your stomach muscles as you do each one, and remember to breathe deeply while performing pelvic tilts.

Leg slides also tighten muscles and will help you get rid of the pregnancy paunch. Lie on your back, and bend your knees. Slide your legs along the floor, but keep your back on the floor using your abdominal muscles. Once your back starts to arch, bring your legs back towards you while keeping your stomach muscles tight. Go slowly at first, and avoid jerking your legs while doing the exercises. You'll find over time that you'll be able to extend your legs eve...

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Postpartum Exercise

Postpartum Exercise

Generally most women can begin a formal exercise program within 6 weeks of giving birth, though this time frame might be slightly longer for some women, including those recovering from a C-section. Most women recovering from a C-section will be able to exercise after there incision has healed and their doctor has cleared them for exercise.

Just how soon you begin an exercise program will depend in part on how you feel. If you had an easy delivery with no tearing and few interventions and regularly exercised prior to birth, you may feel up to some light exercise within 2 weeks of giving birth.

If this is the case, your doctor will probably allow you to engage in some light activities, including walking. Strenuous activity should generally be avoided however until several weeks after birth.

For some women however, even light exercise in the weeks following delivery is not possible.If you had an episiotomy or tore severely while delivering for example, your body may not physically be ready for a formal exercise program for at least 4-6 weeks after birth (note… this is also how long most physicians recommend that women abstain from intercourse!).

How soon you begin exercising thus depends on your body and your unique situation. Be sure you consult with your physician before embarking on a new exercise program regardless of your activity level before and during pregnancy.

Let’s say that one more time because it is important… YOU MUST CONSULT WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IF YOU WANT TO EMBARK ON AN EXERCISE PROGRAM. Your body goes through a lot of physical trauma when you deliver a baby. Starting an exercise program too soon will delay your recovery and could potentially injure your body permanently. It may also take you longer than six weeks to heal fully if you start exercising too soon.

Now, if you feel better and capable of working out before you hit the six week mark, don’t hesitate to ...

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