Post Pregnancy Fitness -- with Lyn Leddy
WebMD Live Events Transcript; Event Date: Thursday, July 1, 2004
All of those exercises I explained will strengthen the shoulders, chest, and
back. Perform up to 15 repetitions for two to three sets.
For your neck, you want to stretch that area out:
- Stand tall, rest your shoulders and drop your ear toward your shoulder
until you feel a stretch in the neck. Hold for 15 seconds, and then do the
- Another great neck stretch is dropping your chin toward your chest. You
should feel a stretch right up the back of your neck. Hold for 15 seconds, and
then you're done.
Perform all of these exercises and stretches every other day, or at last two
times per week.
MODERATOR: We are almost out of time. Lyn, do you have any final
words of advice for us?
LEDDY: My final bit of advice is to be patient with yourself. Each
person has different struggles with each new baby. What worked for you for your
first pregnancy may not work for you with your second. The first thing you
should think of is your overall sense of well-being, which is making sure you
are not fatigued, you get some sleep, and you're eating well.
After that, be creative with getting exercise into your life, remembering
this is a lifestyle change, not a short-term quick fix. Getting exercise into
your lifestyle doesn't mean having to hit the gym with weights. Taking your
baby for a walk, playing actively on the floor with your baby, getting together
with other moms to go for group walks, or getting together with other moms so
maybe you can get some time to yourself are all creative ways to get
I've recently worked with a mother who gave birth to her fourth child and
hasn't returned to her prepregnancy weight of her first child. She gave birth
seven months ago. As of today, she's back to her prepregnancy weight from
before her first child. Now, this is because she has a wonderful little boy who
loves to watch his mom exercise for a good 30 to 45 minutes, so therefore she
can exercise with him in the same room two times a week and other days take him
for walks. She's getting about four to five days a week of exercise in.
So remember, with finding time to get some activity in your life regularly,
the pounds can and will come off. It just may take a good four to 12 months to
do it. Rapid weight loss in one to two months after pregnancy like the
celebrities, Kate Hudson, etc., is unrealistic. They are able to do so because
they have tons of help, money, and personal trainers every day. So please do
not compare yourself with the magazine covers of the celebrity new moms.