Everything in your life seems to be just about perfect at this point. Your beautiful baby has just been born and life could not be better. But, what has happened to your perfect body, to your pre-baby body?
Your body has changed so much and gained so much you barely recognize yourself. However, there is no need to worry, you are not the only one. Every woman’s body changes during and after childbirth.
As I said, don’t worry, there are a few steps you can take to get that pre-baby body of yours back.
Wait it out
You may be anxious to start exercising, dieting and more if you a look at photos of your pre-baby body. Yet, you cannot start exercising too soon after you leave the hospital. There are many women that may be able to start exercising after just one or two weeks, but it is preferable to wait for your postpartum checkups. You just have to wait about six weeks and then once the doctor gives the okay, you can slowly start exercising.
Please do listen to your doctor if he or she advises you to wait. Having a baby is not a small event in a woman’s life, having a baby is a very big deal. Your body goes through a lot of stress changes and even pain, so, please give your body time to heal. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that you are not allowed to exercise, I’m just saying take it slow at first.
Breastfeeding is very healthy for you and your baby. A mother’s milk contains multiple health benefits. These benefits include boosting your baby’s immune system. Your mother’s milk can help your baby to stay healthy.
Another benefit that only a few people actually know, is that if you breastfeed long enough, you will lose weight. This benefit is benefitting you!
If you breastfeed, then you are also able to eat an extra 300 calories a day. What happens when you breastfeed? Your uterus contracts back to its normal size faster if compared to when you are not breastfeeding.
Your goal when starting to exercise after giving birth is to get rid of all that baby fat that has been put on. To get rid of the baby fat, you will need to burn the calories off.
There are many things that you can do to help you burn those calories. You can walk around, jump up and down, push a stroller, dance with your baby in your arms around the house or do exercise classes. Whatever you choose to do, it is up to you. But, remember the main aim is to get your heart rate up and start moving.
Your tummy will be the hardest to get back to the way it was. You are going to have to do a tremendous amount of crunches to get rid of the belly jelly. However, do not just jump into it and think that you must start with doing 50 crunches or more per day.
Start off slow, with about 10 crunches a day. This might not sound like a lot, but you will feel that it is according to your belly. Once you can do 10 easily then slowly increase your sets and reps. You should work yourself up to 3 sets of 20 reps per day.
Find Your Routine
Each person’s body is different, thus, it acts differently in each situation. You will need to find an exercise routine that is going to work for you. If you can, try to get in a 10 min workout between your feedings and changings. A lot of women prefer mornings but it is not always viable, so, do them when you can.
Many women may decide to go for a morning walk in the fresh air and some may like to just have an early morning workout at home. So, you must find out what works for you and stick with what works.
Ask for Help
Being a new mom can be hard and it can even be harder if you try to do everything on your own. If you really what to get your pre-baby body back, you are going to have to ask for help. What you can do is ask your partner to look after the baby while you exercise or prepare a proper meal to eat and not just pop something in the microwave. You can also ask one of your close by friends to look after your baby for a few hours a week so that you can get in a full workout.
The last thing that you want to do is go on a diet. Your body does not need a lot of extra stress, chemicals and such. Your body does, however, requires a lot of nutritious food to help it get back into shape.
As a mother, you are going to run up and down a lot and your body will need the energy to keep up throughout the day. If you are going to breastfeed, you will need some additional calories even more. The best thing is to just stick to eating healthy and get in all the nutrition you need.
Staying hydrated is very important. Everyone should always stay hydrated. Your body uses a lot of water, so, you will also need to drink a lot of water to supply your body. Additionally, keeping hydrated will help speed up your metabolism.
Water can also help keep your belly full and you will feel that you need less food. Keep a bottle of water with you all the time, thus, you will see it and remember to drink it.
As a new mommy, you will experience some lack of sleep for a while but you must try and get enough rest in if possible. When you are sleeping your body is also repairing itself and losing weight.
When you get tired your metabolism slows down, so, it makes sense then to assume that when you are resting, your metabolism starts working faster. If you do not get a chance to sleep enough, then ask your partner to look after the baby on weekends so that you have time to sleep.