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8 Get-Your-Body-Back Moves for New Moms

6. Bonus Workouts for Baby and Mom

It can be hard to find time away from your baby in the early months, so try these exercises that you can do with your infant. Take caution when completing them. You may want to practice first using a doll or a rolled-up blanket or towel that's the same size as your baby. Do the moves full-out only when you’re certain there’s no danger of dropping your baby. Make sure you're fit enough, and have a good enough sense of balance, to assure your and your baby's safety.

  • The baby glider: Holding your baby close to your chest, do a forward lunge with your left leg (take a big step forward and bend your knee). Don’t let your toes go past your knee. Then return to starting position and lunge with the opposite leg. This will help strengthen your legs, back muscles, and core. Repeat 8-10 times on each side.
  • The baby bouncer: This move is similar to the baby glider, but instead of forward lunges, do side lunges -- stepping to the side instead of to the front -- and do a squat. Reach back with your behind as if you’re sitting in a chair, keeping your knees over your ankles. Repeat 8-10 times to each side.
  • Rock-a-baby squats and curls: Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart. Holding your baby tight and close to your chest, squat down, allowing your baby's feet to touch the floor. As you rise up, bring the baby closer to your chest. Repeat 15 times. Note: You should do this exercise only when your baby is at least 10 to 12 weeks old.

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Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD on May 12, 2014

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