Scheduling time outside on a consistent basis can help you feel good and work through any lingering baby blues. Regular activity after childbirth also will help you strengthen muscles weakened by pregnancy and childbirth, return to pre-pregnancy weight and cope with new responsibilities.
Babies are natural observers. While they can't participate in most activities right now, they still benefit greatly from exposure to new sights, sounds and smells. New environments and experiences help your little one develop her senses. Additionally, getting outside with your baby models an active lifestyle for her and helps you teach her -- by example -- the importance of exercise.
Always consult with your doctor before beginning any post-childbirth activity; likewise, check with your pediatrician before taking your baby out of the house for the first time.
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