First of all, congratulations on your new bundle of joy. For sure, you are excited to see your baby after nine months of carrying her in your womb. Now that you’ve given birth, you must be excited to lose the baby weight you gained over the past few months and get back to your pre-pregnancy body.
Don’t worry. With the right amount of time, food and dedication, you can surely get your pre-baby body. Can’t wait to get started? Then here are five ways to do it.
- Let nature do its job.
Yes, ladies. You can lose weight even without exercising. As soon as you give birth, there is an immediate loss of up to 13lbs. – or more. Breastfeeding is also an effective way to shed the baby weight you gained. Also, take advantage of your baby. Do some lunges while carrying her or go for a walk with your baby in the morning. You’ll both love the sun too.
- Watch what you eat.
This is one of the important things you should do when you want to lose baby weight. Drastic weight loss programs and pills are not advisable at this point. Therefore, the best you can do is to be careful with what you eat.
Stay away from eating empty-calorie foods such as sodas and chips. It won’t help in the weight loss process and not even a healthy one for your body and baby. Increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and natural fruit juices. Stick to fish, beans and lean meat and don’t forget to add fiber in our diet.
- Get some rest.
This may seem simple but very difficult to do. If you want to lose weight, then it is important to get some rest as much as you can. Studies show that getting a good night’s rest can decrease the possibility of depression and increase your daily energy levels. This will make you feel better, especially in dealing with weight loss after the baby.
- Change the way you eat.
You live by the “eating for two” philosophy while you were pregnant. Now that you’ve given birth, it’s time to forget that philosophy. Remind yourself that you need to eat not just healthy food but also carefully. There is no more bun in the oven so stop eating like you’re still pregnant. Take it easy on food.
- It’s time to exercise.
Getting back to the gym is a gradual process. However, there are simple exercises you can do to help you get back into shape. In this case, Kegel exercises will be your best friend. Aerobic exercises such as biking, jogging or swimming can also help you get back into shaping. You can also go for yoga or Pilates to help you gain flexibility and strength.
Before anything else, it is important to allow your body to recover for four to six weeks, or longer for CS operations, before you can get back to the gym. Some women even take amino acid supplements to aid with muscle building, but talk to your doctor first. It’s okay mommies. Don’t rush. You’re still beautiful no matter what.