Carrying and giving birth to a child can cause serious changes in a woman’s body. To most mothers, it seems nearly impossible to go back to their pre-baby figures. However, this is proven wrong by actress Binky Felstead with the help of her personal trainer. If you are curious to know how she successfully became fit after her pregnancy, here are some tips from Lulu Adams:
1. TAKE TIME TO REST AND RECOVER
After giving birth, the last thing you should worry about is getting back in shape. Although it is crucial to tend to your body, your priority must be taking care of your child and having a smooth recovery. Lulu Adams claims that “The worst thing I see mothers doing is planks.” Mothers should not be pressured into returning to their regular routines and getting their bodies back after everything they had to endure to birth a child. As a mother, it is imperative that you become cautious of the movements you do for at least six months after giving birth to prevent injuries and possible health risks.
2. MAKE SURE YOU CAN COPE
Not everyone can handle hardcore exercises; this is especially true for women who had just given birth. Lulu stated, “Do not try this yourself until you’re sure your body can cope.” As previously mentioned, women’s bodies go through a lot of changes. Included in these changes are distortions in the body, unavoidable discomforts, and even constant pain.
Lulu Adams wants to make sure you are recovered, healthy, and fully capable of moving your body before you begin your fitness journey. As for Binky Felstead, Lulu shared that “Binky was really lucky because she had an easy recovery process compared to many.”
Lulu Adams’ approach involves talking intimately to her clients before advancing to the actual workouts. The trainer comes up with personalized plans for each woman with movements that their bodies can handle and are suitable for their conditions.
3. GIVE EXTRA ATTENTION TO YOUR CORE
Included in the assessments Lulu performs before coming up with a workout plan is examining her client’s abdominals. Moreover, she conducts palpation, where she inspects for either tenderness or masses on the abdominal wall. This is another determining factor to how well a body has healed from pregnancy.
Once she has completed the assessment, she will then determine the suited exercises that will help increase her client’s core strength. According to her, “The core is central to our strength, and so it’s important to pay attention to it.”
Lulu also mentioned that “Whatever the case, you need to retrain the core.” She adds how avoiding exercises will only lead to more discomfort in your body in the long run. In the case of mothers, consistent workouts will help eliminate all the aches and pains they have acquired by having a baby grow inside their bodies.
4. LOW IMPACT IS THE WAY TO GO
Your pelvic floor is as important as your core, which is why you have to give it equal care and attention. Due to all the trauma that your pelvic floor has gone through, it needs protection regardless of how well you think you have healed.
It is recommended to stay active by doing exercises that do not require maximum exertion of effort. That is not to say you cannot lift because Lulu had Binky doing weighted squats to work on her glutes.
Moreover, working on full-body strength is still possible. In doing so, Lulu Adams advises her clients always to make sure the core is engaged adequately throughout the exercises.
5. WATCH WHAT YOU EAT
When it comes to food, it’s easy to just throw in the towel and completely give up on your fitness goals. However, just like everything in life, discipline can bring you a long way.
Lulu Adams recommends increasing your water intake and avoiding sugar. Furthermore, she explains that “I advise ditching refined sugar and even keeping natural sugars to an absolute minimum. This is because sugar is inflammatory, and when cells are trying to heal, sugar doesn’t help that process. In fact, it worsens things.”
On top of that, Lulu Adams also advises her clients to go organic. This means choosing grass-fed meat and range-free chicken to make sure you get good quality protein. Eating organic will not only help you reach your fitness goals, but it will help your body heal by giving you flavorful nutrients.
You may be under the impression that fat makes you fat, but that can’t be any further from the truth. As stated by Lulu Adams, we need healthy fats like avocados, nut butter, olive oil, etc., because they give you good skin and nails. So, if you really want that post-pregnancy glow, you should listen to Lulu’s tips.
Collagen is also another great addition to your diet to see optimal results. Lulu mentioned that this protein is key to a speedy diastasis recti recovery, and you can reach this by eating eggs, red and yellow vegetables, and other collagen-rich food. However, if you do not have access to those foods often, you can integrate collagen powder into your smoothies instead.
6. TAKE SUPPLEMENTS
While eating healthy food and staying consistent is exceptionally beneficial for your body, it still needs supplements. Lulu Adams recommends taking postnatal multivitamins to ensure that your body is getting everything it needs. Specifically, the trainer mentioned taking Pukka Herbs Tulsi Tea to help balance out cortisol levels.