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Getting Back In Shape after a Baby - Top 5 Considerations

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15 Jan 2018 - General
 

One of the biggest worries of new moms is if they will ever get their pre-pregnancy body back, and how long it will take them to do it. While some women may notice the weight decrease in the first three months, others may need to wait up until a year until their body is ready to go back to it’s pre-baby form. Either way, you should have a few considerations in mind before you decide to get your fit body back.

Breastfeed

Breastfeeding is one of the best ways to lose weight. Having in mind that breastfeeding burns 600 to 800 calories, you’ll be practically losing weight while sitting back watching your bundle of joy grow. While some women are not that fortunate to rely only on breastfeeding, as soon as you start supplementing your baby’s diet with solids and stop breastfeeding a little or altogether, you’ll need to adjust your diet and get up and move, to help your body burn calories.

Start moving

Light walks around the block are all you need, six weeks after the delivery. It won’t cause bleeding, and your body will be ready for slow moves. Pushing a stroller for 30 minutes is also a good fat-burning activity that will shed 150 calories off your body. If you live in a building, use the stairs instead of an elevator when you’re not taking the strollers with you, and burn more calories that way. If you’d like to include the stairs into your activity more, try going up and down them for 15 minutes, to make a good introduction to some more serious workout.

Work out

Once your doctor says it’s all right to start with weight lifting, you should begin with the training and speed up your metabolism. You can also work out with your baby at home, instead of going to the gym. You can do lunges while holding your little one to your chest. You can also do lunges outdoors behind the stroller, as you and your baby are taking a walk. Yoga is another great activity for getting back in shape, but it also has plenty of benefits for your mental health. Just invest in a few pairs of comfortable maternity yoga pants and you’ll have the most efficient workout. If you haven’t done yoga before, look for someone experienced you can work out with, so they can recommend the best poses for new moms.

Choose your foods wisely

When you’re a new mom you tend to stay at home a lot in the first few months, which sometimes leads to binge eating or reaching for unhealthy snacks. Control the urge for chips, and other salty empty-calorie foods and instead eat plenty of healthy foods. Low-fat dairy products, fresh fruits, whole grains, and lean protein are much better choices. It’s not recommended to go on a diet after delivery, because it will be exhausting for your body to go through that much change. Eating three to five small meals throughout the day is a good way to help your metabolism work well, and prevent overeating.

Get enough sleep

If you have some extra time on your hands, while your baby is sleeping, instead of reaching out for snacks, take a nap. Doctors advise that mothers should sleep at the same time their baby is sleeping (whenever that’s possible, though), and plenty of sleep has proven to help shed those extra pounds. Not only will you avoid sleep deprivation, but you’ll also stay vigorous and speed up the weight loss process.

Final thoughts

Pregnancy weight took nine months to accumulate in your body, so be ready to spend as much time to get rid of it. Bear in mind that only a healthy mom is a good mom, so don’t try to rush the process but do everything in your power to lose weight in the healthiest way possible.

Tracey Clayton Thank you for sharing this informative article. It is a must to promote healthy lifestyle before a woman gives birth. This helps her set a goal on how to lose weight post-partum gradually without compromising her baby's needs (breastmilk production is highly dependent on proper nutrition). It is very important for a woman to re-establish her self-esteem and prevent post-partum depression by reg...
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