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The Role of a Personal Trainer in Your Post-Delivery Exercise Routine

Soon after your baby is born, your thoughts will quickly turn from your former pregnancy mindset to regaining the body you had before your pregnancy.  But while your body may never be exactly like it was before pregnancy, you can certainly have a healthy, fit body after delivery.  For some women, the weight they gained during pregnancy just seems to melt off.  For the rest of us, that weight will come off only by eating a healthy diet and getting the right kind of exercise.  And that's where a personal trainer can come in handy.

A personal trainer is the expert you need for two reasons.  First, they have the exercise expertise to help you target the areas of your body that need special attention.  Breasts often sag after childbirth, and while nothing except a breast lift can put them back where they started, working on the muscles of the chest can help support your breasts, making them look more full and uplifted.

Carrying a child can also cause pain in the arms, shoulders and upper back.  A personal trainer can help you target these muscles in ways that will reduce tension, stress and pain, and increase your strength in these areas.  A personal trainer can even give you tips on the proper way to lift and hold your baby so that the baby's body is supported and you don’t strain your back.

Your abdomen, bottom and thighs may be among the areas you’re most interested in targeting.  A personal trainer can help you develop an exercise program that will help strengthen and tone these muscles.  While you can’t “spot reduce” these areas, proper cardiovascular training will help reduce your overall fat level, as well as improve your cardiovascular fitness and stamina – both of which are important to your health and in caring for your baby.

But a personal trainer can not only help you establish an exercise routine – he or she can also help you to make sure you’re doing all of the exercises correctly for maximum effect.  Doing exercises in the correct form will also help prevent injury.  If you need to modify any exercises for any reason, your personal trainer can help you come up with an alternative.

Another important role your personal trainer plays is helping you stay motivated.  These professionals are experts at motivating their clients and keeping them encouraged.  If you need a cheerleader, they can cheer you on.  If you need a drill sergeant approach with a no nonsense attitude, they can give you that too.  Whatever you need to stay motivated, your personal trainer can help you with – including internalizing your motivation so that you make your new healthy habits a lifestyle.

To get the best results, make sure you choose a personal trainer who is certified by an appropriate body and who has experience working with women in the post-partum period. Itís important for you and your personal trainer to understand how pregnancy has affected your body and to take it slowly when developing a post-delivery exercise program.

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