Having a healthy baby needs a healthy mommy! The chances of having a healthy baby increases by getting the right dosage of folic acid during pregnancy and even before pregnancy when trying to get pregnant.
Most women eat well & take prenatal vitamins* during pregnancy as they know how important proper nutrition is for growing their baby’s brain & body. In a previous article, we talked about what to eat and what not to eat during pregnancy, but pregnancy is like training for a marathon. You prepare and eat a healthy diet for months, but labor day is actually the day you are running that marathon. On the final day of pregnancy when preparing for labor you want to make sure you’re in optimal shape for the birth-giving process and for following postpartum recovery!
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding because your breast milk helps your baby grow healthy and strong. Benefits of breastfeeding extend well beyond basic nutrition. The cells, hormones, and antibodies in breast milk also protect your baby from illnesses. Scientific studies have shown that breastfeeding benefits you too.
This is the first of a series of articles to help you get back in shape after birth. Apart from using a postpartum belly wrap, you can approach this problem of losing belly fat from many different angles, a safe post natal exercise program or a healthy post partum diet just to name a few. In this article we will talk about postpartum exercises. However, before you think of any exercise routine or workout regimen do not forget to consult your doctor. Every doctor advises you to wait for at least six weeks before starting any postpartum exercises, especially if you have any medical complications or if you have undergone a C-section. But there are a couple of exercises that you can start a few days after birth, to help you start feeling better and regain strength.