Pregnancy might either be the best time of your life, or worst, but no one enjoys the post-pregnancy weight loss regimen. Being a new mother, the responsibilities of a new baby can be overwhelming and it becomes hard to concentrate on yourself. However, with careful meal planning and exercise, post-pregnancy weight loss can happen. So, read on for tips to lose weight that is safe for you and the baby.
Watch Your Eating Habits
Pregnancy may have caused you to splurge a little, or maybe a lot. Cravings are a normal part of pregnancy and it may have highly contributed to your baby weight. But fear not, post-pregnancy weight loss is the easiest to achieve, especially if you start working on it right away. However, you have to make sure your diet is highly nutritious as you want your baby to receive proper nutrition through your breast milk.
Eat lots of nutrient dense raw fruits and vegetables. Also eat fiber rich foods, such as nuts and whole grains. Eat lots of protein by consuming lean meats, fish and poultry. The idea is to eliminate processed foods and eat the rawest forms of food available that are healthy for you and the baby.
Eat smaller portions that are spread throughout the day. This will prevent you from eating three large meals. Skipping meals or staying hungry for long periods of time will affect the quality and quantity of your breast milk production. Plus, the health of new moms can suffer post-pregnancy, so it’s important to recover right away with a highly nutritious diet.
Avoid temptation from eating junk food. The best way to eat healthy is by not having unhealthy items around the house. Keep it out of sight and out of mind.
Never EVER participate in crash diets. They can be harmful to your health, especially if you have just given birth and not to mention the effect it will have on your breast milk. There are no shortcuts to losing weight in a healthy manner.
It’s not recommended to start rigorous exercises the next day. However, you can engage in light physical activities a few days after birth. If you had your baby through surgery, make sure you consult your gynecologist before hitting the treadmill. When you are ready, take advantage of the following post-pregnancy weight loss tips.
Be comfortable when exercising. Wear a supportive bra for your post-pregnancy engorged breasts and don’t worry about looking chic. You just had a baby, so cut yourself some slack.
Start slow by beginning with simple strengthening exercises and gradually increasing intensity.
If no one is there to watch your baby, take him/her with you, such as taking a stroll through the park or stretching on the floor with the baby next to you.