Exercise. The dreaded word. Who has time for exercise with a newborn? Who has the energy for it? Well, the truth is that exercise will actually GIVE you energy. And, even better, it’s something you can do with baby – and you may meet a few new friends along the way. Here are some great ways to reclaim your pre-pregnancy body while caring for your baby.
– Stroller Strides — Ready to sweat it out on the streets of Providence? Try a class for free or buy a 10-class punch card for $110. It’s a great workout for any fitness level.
If you prefer to exercise alone, you’ll be delighted to know that most gyms in the area (including the YMCA) offer child care options for babies six weeks and older. You can leave your baby with a licensed care-taker while sweating it out on your favorite piece of equipment. Unfortunately, there is no escaping the poopy diapers (they will come find you!), but it is nice to get a little time for yourself…and it’s good for your body too!
Kristen Kardos, MA Ed., and Kathy McGuigan, MSW, the co-founders of RI New Moms Connection, provide affordable, accessible pregnancy and new mom groups throughout Rhode Island. In “Tips for New Moms” they share their knowledge, resources, and helpful ideas for moms just beginning their journey into parenthood or moms who may need a little refresher.
Editor’s Note: Although “Tips for New Moms” is written with the new mom in mind–to support women in their journey through motherhood–it is certainly not the authors’ intention to exclude dads. Every new parent will find their tips, resources, and insights helpful. I invite all moms and dads to share ideas on how they manage their new role as a parent with Kidoinfo in the comments below.