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Fitness during and post pregnancy

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Fitness has been something that has always been of importance to me, probably because I struggled a lot with it for a good part of my life and only in the past 5 years was able to maintain a good fitness regime. When I found out that I was pregnant one question that did cross my mind was, “how much weight will I gain?” I have a tendency to easily put on weight and had heard stories of people gain 40+ pounds and post delivery were struggling to lose the excess weight etc.; honestly, I did not want to end up in the same boat. I had worked really hard to achieve a personal fitness goal and I was determined to have a healthy and fit pregnancy.

Stroller Time!

Stroller Time!

It was my mental determination more than anything that allowed me to achieve a fit and healthy pregnancy. Trust me, it was not easy and required a lot of discipline, but again, I kept saying to myself this is something I want to do. Luckily, my doctor provided me with a good and balanced eating plan. Towards the end of my pregnancy, my night meals were consistently salads, soups and a glass of milk. I would indulge once in a while, but 90% of the time stuck to this regime. Yes, now it did get a little bit monotonous, but then I would try to add different dressings or something to my salad to change it up.

Post Delivery

Post partum fitness has been a similar story. I had a c-section and therefore I knew it would be a good 6 weeks or even longer before I could do any sort of exercise. Upon getting the green light from the doctor at my 6 week checkup, I have started going on walks with baby. Today’s wide range of baby carriers has made this a breeze:) My baby absolutely loves being in the ring sling and snoozes off almost instantaneously. Yes, a c-section does come with its own aches and pains, but my rule of thumb was just listening to my body. If I felt good after a 15 minute walk, the next day I added 5 more minutes and so on. Being able to go on these walks has helped me mentally as well. The first month I was going crazy being at home constantly. Taking care of a newborn is exhausting and can get frustrating as well; there have been many a times that I have broken down. These quick walks have provided me with the much “me time” that I was so used to; furthermore they automatically put me in a better mood which enables me to take better care of the baby.

Morning walk with baby in a ring sling

Morning walk with baby in a ring sling

It is easy to say that baby takes up 24/7 of my time (which it does) and give a workout a pass. Just based on my experience, I just urge one to listen to their body and have a strong mind to give it a try….take the baby along with you and make these walks a good bonding time that breaks the monotony of being stuck indoors. I also acknowledge that each pregnancy is different and not everyone is able to stick to such a schedule, but if everything has gone smoothly pre and post delivery, I would recommend not giving up on adding these simple walks to one’s schedule. You will enjoy it and so will your baby 🙂

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Bollywood Beats

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For some odd reason I need to be listening to Bollywood music when I am working out. And if you ask my friends they will all tell you that most of the time I tend to like the really trashy Indian songs. Also known as items songs, or the kind that you will likely forget in a couple of months.

I am starting to work out again after a gap of more than a year, and I need all the motivation that I can get. Pre-pregnancy I would be on the rowing machine for at least 20 minutes, do abs and leg exercises, and skipping. During the pregnancy it was primarily walking, with a little bit of squatting.

Now, my baby is seven months old, and though I have lost all the pregnancy weight, I need to exercise not only to tone up but for a healthier body.

This is what is on my current work out playlist, and so far it has been quite effective in getting me awake and in the mood:

  1. Boom, Boom, Boom (Lip lock)- Ajab Gazab Love
  2. Tu Mera Hero- Desi Boyz
  3. Lat lag gayee- Race 2
  4. Balma- Khiladi 786
  5. Hookah Bar- Khiladi 786
  6. Radha- Student of the Year
  7. Khuda Jaane (Remix)- Bachana ae Haseeno
  8. Desi Girl- Dostana
  9. Bakhudi Tumhi Ho (Remix)- Kismet Konnection
  10. What Makes you Beautiful- One Direction
  11. Best Song Ever- One Direction

What can I say I am a huge One Direction fan!

I think I speak for both of us when I say that it is indeed difficult at times to get yourself out of bed early in the morning, when you really could do with an additional 30 minutes of shut eye. So, we would love to know how you motivate yourself to work out regularly.