You might be anxious to get back to your pre-pregnancy body, but many moms find it hard to get in a workout after the arrival of their new baby. We often put the demands of our children before our own. The simplest solution, then, is to take care of both needs at the same time.
At a mommy & me class, you can play with your baby (an important part of learning) and get some exercise at the same time, all under the supervision of a qualified instructor. Here are some of the benefits of taking a class with your baby.
1. They’re great for socialization.
When your baby is less than two or one year old, it can be hard to find opportunities for them to socialize with other babies. In fact, the same is true for moms who often feel isolated and stuck in the home. Both can meet other moms and babies to interact and socialize with.
2. Mommy & me classes combat postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression is a very real problem many women face. Close, dedicated bonding is one of the ways to stave it off. Mommy & me classes provide an uninterrupted opportunity for moms to bond closely with their babies and promote the self-esteem of both.
3. They teach baby about healthy exercise.
Mommy & me classes usually involve a lot of movement and activity. Your baby learns that playtime can be healthy and exercise is fun. You can model lots of movement and teach your baby how much you enjoy exercise.
4. It’s a workout you can get motivated for.
Even when we’re paying for a gym membership, it can be hard to find the motivation to put in a workout. But when we have a little one who benefits as well, suddenly it’s a lot easier to get yourself to class. It’s all for your baby.
5. Mommy & me classes come in many forms.
No matter what you’re interested in, there’s a mommy & me class for you. You might have to search and drive a bit, but they’re out there. You can do yoga, Pilates, and even outdoor stroller workouts. Or if you prefer baby-focused classes, there are plenty of classes that play all sorts of developmentally meaningful games.
6. You have an instructor who understands a post-pregnancy body.
Ideally, your fitness leader should know what a mom’s body has gone through during pregnancy and be able to create an activity routine that meets your needs without exacerbating anything. You’ll need to regain the strength in pregnancy-affected areas.
7. Leaving the house can feel refreshing.
It’s easy to feel cooped up in the house. You might not even realize what’s making you feel anxious or lonely. Simply putting something regular outside the home can make you feel like a person again, not just a feeding-bathing-diaper-changing-soothing machine.
Written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!
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