I have mentioned many times in this blog that I love exercising and staying active. My intention has never been to be a size 0 or 2 but whether I am a size 8 or 12; I should be fit. Needless to say, like my many women out there, I also want to get back to my pre-pregnancy size as soon as I can. However, as much as I want, I need to respect and accept the fact that my body took almost 10 months to expand to house a growing baby and it will not just snap back in a matter of weeks. That said, I still try my best to eat healthy and exercise for at least forty minutes 3- 4 times a week. So, here are few exercises and sequences that are helping to get back to shape and keep my sanity intact.

Core exercises: 

Most new mums would vouch that they want to get rid of their mummy tummy and have those pre-baby, flat abs as soon as possible. Whist I am not sure if it is even possible to get rid of all signs of having a baby (it depends on genes too), I know having a strong core is pivotal not just for vanity but to keep issues like stress incontinence at bay. The core is primarily your abs, obliques, back and pelvic region. Having a strong core will give you those wash board abs you lust for. I do the following exercises.  (Before starting your core workout post a baby, you need to make sure you do not have Diastasis Recti). I do three sets with 12-15 repetitions.

Image credit: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/standing-abs-workout

Image credit: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/standing-abs-workout

Yoga:

I have been lucky to learn different schools of yoga like Hatha, Sivananda and Ashtanga yoga. I am a self-confessed yoga lover and I feel answers to almost every problem can be found in yoga. Taking care of an infant means inevitable sleepless nights and other challenges which can sometimes leave you overwhelmed. I do these stretches early in the morning for 1-2 minutes and sometimes throughout the day to keep calm and carry on. And when all things fail, I do my favourite restorative pose–viparita karani (legs on the wall pose) which energizes me instantly.

Image credit: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-3761/Good-Morning-Yoga-Sequence.html

Image credit: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-3761/Good-Morning-Yoga-Sequence.html

yoga

Cardio:

I must confess whilst I have no problem lifting weights and doing yoga when it comes to do cardio I try and avoid it as much as I can. However, cardio and getting your heart rate up is important to lose weight. So I try to do one-day of cardio each week. It could running, cycling or cross training and if the weather is great outside, you can take the baby out in the pram and go running or climb a hill if possible.

Lower back and Glutes: 

Your lower back and glutes can weaken considerably after having a baby. It is important to strengthen these areas too if you wish to get back into your pre-pregnancy shape. However, many women can experience joint pain (I do!) it has nothing to do with the extra weight but the hormone relaxins, which helps you labor. When the body gets rid of this hormone many women can experience inexplicable joint pain. I do these knee-friendly exercises that are challenging and soothing at the same time.

Image credit: Pinterest

Image credit: Pinterest

So ladies do try these exercises and yes you can be fit as a fiddle no matter what. 🙂

PS: I really wanted to take images whilst exercising but I only get so much time to exercise and hence have used images from my Health & Fitness Pinterest board.  Also, please consult your GP or personal trainer before you start any exercise. I am neither just a woman who happens to love to stay fit 😉 

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When I was pregnant, one of the few things I really, really enjoyed flaunting was my hair. It seemed suddenly the hair Gods had answered my prayers and almost overnight I had long, shiny, strong hair that could give any TV commercials and their models a run for their money. (I kid you not!) However, all good things come to an end and since last month I have been having severe episodes of shedding. So I contacted my friend and hair expert Tuc Le Rojas from Just Gorgeous Hair who has so generously shared her tips and suggestions on how you can take control of your postpartum hair loss situation. You might remember this lovely lady from this post here. Without further ado, here is how to take stock of your hair situation.

With the hair expert

With the hair expert

How is Postpartum hair loss caused and can you prevent it?

Hair loss after pregnancy is the sudden shedding sometimes in clumps that many new mothers experience between 3 to 6 months after they give birth. We lose on average about 100 strands a day but not all at once so you don’t notice so much. Your pregnancy hormones keeps hair from falling out that’s why when you are pregnant your hair looks and feels thick, shiny and beautiful. But all good things must come to an end and that includes your new hair. When those pregnancy hormones drop back to normal the extra hair drops too. Once the nursing ( breast feeding) is over; your hair will grow back to normal again.

Can you tell us how we can control the hair loss?

Although you cannot do anything to prevent it there are steps you can take to help reduce the blow. You can keep your hair healthy by eating well and taking your prenatal supplements post birth too. Be extra gentle during your shedding months to prevent excess hair loss. Shampoo your hair less–reduce it to 2-3 times a week. Always use a good de-tangling conditioner and comb your hair only when the conditioner is on your hair. Use hair bands but not rubber or elastic ones to tie your hair and try not to tie your hair too tight.

How about blow drying and chemical treatments?

Try not to blow-dry your hair frequently or use any chemical based treatments like highlighting, perms, and straightening until the shedding stops.

Will having a hair cut help in postpartum hair loss?

Having your hair cut shorter is a great way to deal with postpartum hair loss as your hair will appear thicker.

When does postpartum hair loss stop and when should one worry? 

It varies from people to people for postpartum hair loss to stop completely. It happens usually within some months (mostly after you stop nursing). Go to your GP if your hair loss is excessive as when associated with other symptoms as it could be a sign of postpartum hypothyroidism.

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“Pink it was love at first sight. Pink when I turn out the light, and Pink gets me high as a kite. And I think everything is going to be all right. No matter what we do tonight.”–Aerosmith

Pink is definitely my favourite color, a color that cheers me instantly and gives me joy. If happiness had color it would be pink. Whilst black on the other hand is full of mystery and enigma. Combine these two colors and you have a sartorial match made in heaven.

pink is my favourite color

As stated in my last style post, I have successfully managed to NOT shop for a week and need I say I am mighty pleased with myself. I wore this Vero Moda top ages ago in this post whilst the black lace skirt is from this post. There was a time, when I would always match my top to my shoes but I have outgrown the phase. However, this is a throw back to my old days and I have used my hot pink shoes from this post. I have used a structured black bag (from this post) and simple accessories in pink to seal this look whilst the belt is from Dubai.

pink is my favorite color

My body has gone through several transitions but pregnancy and child-birth definitely has been the toughest. As my body is slowly (very slowly) loosing the baby weight, I am often puzzled as to what to wear. Yes, there are days when I just feel so stupid because of my body rather than being proud of it for what it has achieved. It is amazing how women face all kinds of body insecurity after giving birth. Hence, rather than covering up myself in loose, shapeless clothes I make a point to wear something that makes me feel good, happy and confident. As confidence my dear friends is the best accessory that you should always have regardless of your size.

pink is my favorite color

accessories

Similar Pink sweater: Warehouse, Similar Shoes: Asos, Similar Skirt: Asos, Earrings: Swarvoski, Bracelet: From India, Similar Bag: Osprey London 

Coming back to the challenge, ladies and gents never say you have nothing to wear because with little bit of imagination you can create different styles for each day of the year. Well yes, almost.

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