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Getting Your Pre-Pregnancy Body Back

Now that you have given yourself enough time to physically recover and emotionally adjust to the idea of having a newborn baby to care for and love, it's time to get back to you. Depending on how much weight you put on over the course of your pregnancy and the level of activity that you were able to maintain over that time, getting onto a weight loss plan may be the next step for you.
 
If you want to begin losing weight, most healthcare providers advise waiting at least until your postpartum check up or a good solid six weeks after you have delivered your baby to start your workout plan. This does not mean that you won't lose weight before this time, nor does it mean that you can't take steps to take care of yourself physically before this time.
 
At or around the six-week mark, or when you have received permission from you healthcare provider, you may begin working out in whatever way you feel most comfortable. The key is being equally consistent and patient. Start off nice and easy, making sure to stay hydrated the entire time (especially if you are nursing).
 
If you can, try to pick activities and exercises that you enjoy. Nothing kills a workout plan faster than feeling like you have to do something you're not thrilled to be doing. Remember, it took you nine whole months to put on that weight. Give yourself the same amount of time to take it off.
 

Infant Immunizations

In about a week, you are going to be bringing your little one in for their two-month well baby checkup. At that visit, your baby will be receiving up to five immunizations. Before this appointment, you may want to learn about the vaccines, the diseases they aim to protect against, and the potential side effects.
 
Armed with thorough and accurate information, you can have a well-informed discussion with your child's healthcare provider about the side effects of each immunization and what to look for should your baby have an adverse reaction to any of the shots -- aside from the pain of getting a shot!
 
One of the infant immunizations your baby will receive during that two-month well visit is the DTaP shot. This shot immunizes against pertussis, diphtheria, and tetanus. This vaccine is known to cause a few mild problems that make babies fussy afterward. The mild problems that can occur with the DTaP shot are:
 
  • Pain (about 7 in 10 cases)
  • Redness or swelling (about 1 in 5 cases)
  • Mild fever (at least 99.5°F, affecting up to about 1 in 10 cases)
  • Headaches (about 4 in 10 cases)
  • Tiredness (less than 1 in 3 cases)
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (about 1 in 5 cases).
 
These problems tend to occur more often after the fourth and fifth doses of the DTaP series rather than after earlier doses.
 
(Click DTaP to learn more about this vaccine.)
 
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