I am a fitness fanatic. On the morning that I was induced for labor, I was in the gym getting in one last pre-baby workout. By the time my baby was two weeks old, I was anxious to get back into any form of exercise. One of my biggest concerns (besides being able to fit into any of my shorts) was how breastfeeding would affect my ability to workout. Take a look at how breastfeeding impacts your workouts.
- You Need To Stay More Hydrated
Any time you exercise, drinking water is important. When you’re breastfeeding, it’s even more important. Not drinking enough water can leave you feeling exhausted and even dizzy. Being dehydrated enough can decrease your milk supply. Make sure you drink some water before, during, and after your workout.
- You May Want To Take Things Slow
As much as I wanted to get back into an intense workout regiment, I was slowed down by my body. In addition to the not-so-minor pain of recovering from childbirth, I also had to deal with the pain coming from my chest. While my milk was coming in, my breasts were sore. Jogging, jumping rope, and other exercises hurt. Even if your body heals quickly from childbirth, you may need to give yourself more time before you get into high-impact exercises. Until you feel up to it, stick to low-impact workouts like swimming or yoga.
- Stay protected from leaks
After I had been breastfeeding for months, I felt like a pro. I was exercising regularly and never had any problems with leaking. One day at the gym, I was fuller than I though and ended up leaking through my shirt for all to see.
When you’re exercising, you never can be sure that you won’t leak. Fortunately, you can prevent any embarrassing situations by wearing nursing pads. This way, you can leak and not worry about it.
- Eat extra healthy
When you’re breastfeeding, eating healthy is very important. Eating a healthy and balanced diet is even more critical when you exercise while breastfeeding. You burn plenty of calories breastfeeding, and burn through more when you workout. If you don’t eat enough, you’ll find yourself with a dwindling milk supply.
- Keep in mind that exercising is good for breastfeeding
Don’t let breastfeeding keep you from exercising. In fact, it should motivate you to exercise. Exercising increases prolactin, a hormone in charge of producing milk. Working out can also reduce your stress level, and less stress is good for milk production.
Instead of feeling guilty when you go to the gym, remember that your workout is good for your baby too. A happier and healthier you is a happier and healthier baby.
Hi Everyone! I'm Danielle, and I'm a little bit of a fitness nut. Since having my 1-year old son, working out has been a little more difficult. Between breastfeeding and running around with a baby who does not EVER sit still, I've had to learn how to workout a whole new way. Join me on Workout Wednesdays as I share my post-baby workout tips. You can learn how to get (or stay) healthy while you juggle being SuperMom!