Proper exercise and nutrition will boost your energy, mood, and your sex drive. Lack of energy is most likely the biggest deterrent from getting down with your partner. Your baby requires continuous feedings day and night, which can leave you feeling drained in between.
Whole Foods and Cacao
Eat whole foods, being foods that are close to their natural form as possible. Avoid sugars, and go for some raw cacao. This super food acts as an aphrodisiac, and will increase your immunity. Drink plenty of water to ensure your body is operating at it’s peak potential.
Exercising with Sex
With your new baby it’s difficult to find the time to do either of these activities, so multitask, and combine exercise and sex. Get creative with positions and add additional postures to your sexy time. Break out the kama sutra book and get to sexercising!
The following is a list of workouts that you can do with your baby and your partner.
Be sure to wear a belly band to provide your body needed support.
Begin with a stroll around the neighborhood, and work up to a longer power walk. This gets you out of the house and into nature for fresh oxygen. You can carry your baby in a supported front pack to add extra weight and increase the benefits.
Awareness to breath is calming and you can do it right after giving birth. Breathing doesn’t seem like exercise, but it will strengthen your core and tone your abs and belly.
In an upright-seated position, bring attention to the abdomen and contract your stomach as you inhale from the diaphragm, to the belly, chest, shoulders, and the crown of your head. Hold at the top, and relax as you exhale. Hold at the bottom of the breath and repeat. Work towards slowing the breath and increasing the inhalations and exhalations.
Yoga is a great way to align your body, mind, and heart. A few beneficial postures are plank, cat/cow, and chair pose.
Start on hands and knees. Lower your forearms to the floor so that your shoulders are directly above your elbows. Slide your knees back about 12 inches, keeping your back flat and your abs contracted. Hold the pose for 30 seconds. Work up to lifting your knees off the ground and holding the pose for two minutes.
Start on your hands and knees, head back in a straight line, with your baby on his back below you. Arch your back upward and contract your abdomen in and up toward your ribs, lowering your chin. Hold for five seconds. Lift your head up, and reverse the arch. Hold for five seconds, and repeat.
Begin this posture by sliding down into a seated position on the wall for added support. Stand with your heels a foot from the wall. Slowly bend your knees like your sitting in an invisible chair. Gaze down at your knees to ensure your toes are visible. Lift your arms, straight forward or up. Hold for ten seconds and slowly stand. Once you have gained strength, do the posture without the wall.