5 At-Home Post Pregnancy Workouts

Believe me, I know working out is one of the last things you want to do when you’re feeling completely exhausted and running on only a few hours of sleep. Studies have shown, however, that exercise can help you maintain energy throughout the day, relieve stress, improve your baby blues mood and aid in restoring your tummy’s muscle tone. The following circuit routines can be done in 15 minutes! You can do it!

Each of these exercises can be tailored to fit your goals. If you are new to working out, try using lighter weight. If you are used to being active, use heavier weight or increase the intensity of the repetitions or sets.

It’s important to have the OK from your doctor before starting any physical activity. I know once I got the okay, I thought I’d be able to pick back up at the gym where I left off….I was way wrong! Our bodies go through so many changes during pregnancy and delivery, and it just takes time to get all your strength back. It’s important to take it easy and not push your body too hard. To start, workout every other day and when you feel ready, bump it up to once a day.

To complete the workout, do all the moves back to back with 10 seconds of rest between. Repeat the circuit 3 times.

Day 1

Squat jumps: 10 reps

 Lunges: 10 reps, each side

 Dumbbell shoulder press: 10 reps

 Triceps dips: 10 reps

 Dumbbell biceps curls: 10 reps

 Woodchopper: 10 reps each side

Day 2

Forward and back leg swings: 10 reps each side

 Dumbbell straight-leg deadlift to row: 15 reps

 Turkish get-up with dumbbell: 10 reps

 Push-ups: 10 reps

 Stability ball back extension: 10-15 reps

 Split jump: 10 reps

 Reverse crunch: 10 reps

 Tuck crunch: 10-20 reps

Day 3

Around the world lunges: 2 min

 Reverse flyes: 10 reps each arm

 Dumbbell triceps extension: 10 reps

 Hammer curl: 10 reps

 Stability ball crunch: 15 reps

 Side jackknife: 15 reps each side

 Plank: 1 min

 Toe touchers: 10 reps

Day 4

Dumbbell squats: 15 reps

 Standing Calf raises: 10 reps

 Dumbbell pull-overs on a bench: 10 reps

 Triceps Dumbbell kickbacks: 10 reps

 Dumbbell woodchops: 10 reps each side

 Crunches: 15 reps

 Back extension: 8 to 10 reps

Day 5

Simulated jump rope: 60 seconds

 Dumbbell deadlifts: 10 reps

 Dumbbell shoulder presses: 10 reps

 Dumbbell biceps curls: 10 reps

 Bench dips: 10 reps

 Dumbbell flyes on stability ball: 10 reps

 Oblique crunches: 10-15 reps, each side

 Plank: 60 seconds