Pregnancy comes with inevitable hormonal changes and weight gain. After delivery, the focus then shifts to taking care of your bundle of joy and getting that pre-pregnancy body back. Of course, the baby’s health and their well-being should be the top priority, but with time you may feel the need to get back into shape.
Before embarking on a fitness regime, you must understand that your body needs sufficient time recover and heal from the experience of childbirth. So, go slow and set realistic goals because regaining your desired body weight and fitness levels will definitely take time. Check the following tips to lose weight after pregnancy.
Plan your time
Nursing and tending to a newborn baby will take up most of your waking time, and sometimes, part of your sleeping time. If you can’t wait until the baby is all grown, then you have to plan your time so that your fitness regime doesn’t interfere with you taking care of the baby. You can do your exercises at home and start with light exercises as you give your body time to recover and acclimatize. Working out from home is a convenient solution to new mothers who are ready yet to leave their babies under someone else’s care.
Breastfeeding your baby is one of the passive ways to lose weight without breaking a sweat. Breastfeeding is beneficial to both the mom and the baby. Breast milk boosts a baby’s immunity and provides them with important nutrients for their growth and development; parent.guide recommends breastfeeding your baby for at least six months. The mother benefits by burning calories.
Eat a balanced diet is important not only for the production of breast milk but also in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Do not, however, go on a diet. Going on a diet is counterproductive. By going on a diet and experiencing hunger pangs, the body’s natural response is to synthesize proteins for energy and keep that fat. Besides, it reduces the quality of breast milk and harms your baby.
Milk and fish are particularly high in proteins, calcium and essential omega 3 oils necessary to keep a healthy bone density and your baby’s development. Eat as you would normally and snack on high-sugar fruits like apples and bananas to replenish your energy and keep your stomach full. It is not uncommon for nursing mothers to constantly feel hungry and tired.
Drinking plenty of water will keep you well hydrated and energetic to take care of your baby and exercise. A high fluid intake will result in fewer hunger pangs throughout the day which helps in your efforts towards eating healthy.
You have to exercise to burn calories, lose weight and get your sexy back. You should start with light intensity exercises and gradually progress to more intensive workouts.
Exercising comes with a lot of benefits. It alleviates stress which in turn reduces the risk of depression and helps you sleep better.
Hitting the gym after childbirth will tone your muscles, increase your metabolism and strengthen your bones and muscles.