As a new mom you are busy from morning ‘till evening, and after, because raising and taking care of a baby requires a lot work. It’s your treasure after all. But this doesn’t mean you have to neglect yourself. After the rough post-pregnancy period passes, you have to take it slowly to get rid of those extra pounds. And you are probably wondering how? Well, you don’t have to neglect yourself neither your baby. Just take your precious treasure and involve him into your workouts.

Mom and baby interaction is vital in the first years of life, so working out with your baby implies many healthy aspects.

Tips: to perform the following exercises your baby has to be at least 3-4 month old, so he/she can hold the head.
Another important tip is to inhale through nose and expand your ribs, and then exhale through mouth drawing your abdominal muscles. Be careful to draw your navel toward your spine to protect your back.

1. Baby Dancing

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You can do this while holding your baby or with him in a front carrier that keeps him close to your body and supports his head (a carrier with straps that fit over your shoulders and around your waist is best). Just put on some music you love and dance, keeping your abs drawn in. For variety, try intervals of slow and moderately fast music to keep your heart rate elevated. (If your baby is in a carrier, be cautious when turning quickly and avoid bouncing.) Breathe deeply or sing out loud to monitor your exertion level; you should be able to speak without losing your breath.

2. Curl-Up (A)

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Lie face up on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat. Place your baby in a seated or reclined position on or just above your pubic bone. Hold him securely under his arms with your fingers wrapped around his torso.

Curls strengthen your core muscles, which help support your lower back.

3. Curl-Up (B)

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Contract your abs and lift your head, neck and shoulder blades off the floor in 2 counts; lower in 3 counts. Exhale through your mouth as you curl up, drawing your abs up and in. Do 15 to 20 reps. Rest and play, then do 1 more set.

4. Reverse Baby Curl (A)

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Lie face up on the floor and bring your knees toward your chest; place your baby on your shins.

5. Reverse Baby Curl (B)

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Contract your abs to gently tilt your hips up off the floor as you lift your head and shoulders at the same time. Lower and repeat (this will gently rock your baby forward and back). Do 15 to 20 reps. Rest and play, then do 1 more set.

6. Baby Overhead Press (A)

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Sit cross-legged, holding your baby in front of your chest with your elbows bent.

Presses strengthen the upper and middle back, shoulders, triceps and biceps.

7. Baby Overhead Press (B)

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Straighten your arms upward without locking your elbows. Pause, then lower your baby to the starting position. Do 10 reps, rest and play, then do 2 more sets.

8. Baby Bench Press (A)

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Lie faceup on the floor with your knees bent. Contract your abs and squeeze your shoulder blades together. Hold your baby securely and bring him close to your chest.

9. Baby Bench Press (B)

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Pause, then lower your baby to the starting position. Do 10 reps, rest and play, then do 2 more sets.

10. Pliés

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Place your baby in a front carrier, making sure his head is well supported. Begin with 2 minutes of baby dancing to warm up, then alternate 1 minute of baby pliés with 1 minute of walking lunges (next slide). Alternate the combination 4 times for 4 minutes. To cool down, walk for 2 minutes, then take your baby out of the carrier and stretch for 2 minutes.

11. Walking Lunges

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Stand tall and look straight ahead. Take a large step forward with your right leg and bend both knees 90 degrees. Keep your front knee over your ankle as your back knee approaches the floor, heel lifted [shown]. Push off the back leg and step your feet together. Repeat with the opposite leg.

Pliés and lunges tone the quadriceps, hamstrings, buttocks and calves.

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