Ways to snap back into shape after having a baby
After you give birth, you’ll have a rocky road in front of you: you need to take care of a mini human, get into a whole new routine and boost communication with your partner. But, once you find your rhythm and get a clean bill of health from your doctor, you can start thinking about how to get your banging body back! Here are a few tips that can help.
Start while you’re still pregnant
It’s completely normal to gain weight during pregnancy, but you shouldn’t just let yourself go completely and have cake for breakfast and ice cream for dinner. Sure, you will have cravings and indulging yourself is great, but only from time to time. So, make sure to at least try to control your calorie intake and get moving. For instance, regular walks are great for you and for the baby, so take a stroll around the block once or twice a day.
Watch your calories
If you want to shed that baby weight, you must stop eating empty calories like sodas, sweets and chips. Portion sizes are usually not a problem, since many women eat less at the end of the pregnancy because the baby just takes so much space in the belly. But, don’t start eating larger portions after birth! Limit your calories and be moderate. One glass of OG will provide you with the much-needed vitamins, but the second one will just add unnecessary calories. If you’re feeling peckish, you can munch on low-cal foods like celery, cucumbers or tomatoes.
Do light exercise
Sure, you probably know that getting back to your regular workout regime should be a slow and gradual process, but simple exercises can be performed as soon as the first four weeks pass. After you’re completely healed, you can start doing more serious weight and cardio training. If you’re not comfortable working out at the gym, you can always bring the gym to you and get some practical exercise equipment for your home. Stationary bikes and treadmills are great for cardio and endurance, and they take up very little space. If you’re more serious about your fitness level, there are also home workout stations that let you perform various weight exercises from the comfort of your living room! Just remember to start slow and gradually increase the number of reps.
Did you know that breastfeeding burns as much as 700 calories a day? Well, that means that you can even increase your portions a bit and still lose weight! However, as soon as you stop breastfeeding, your calorie need will decrease, so you’ll have to adjust your diet and boost exercise.
Get at least some sleep
We know that this might sound like science fiction now, but you must get enough sleep in order to have enough energy to move. Regular sleep is also important for weight loss as it regulates your metabolism and keeps your sugar levels at bay, which means fewer cravings!
But, sleeping with a newborn is very difficult. So, use every minute of sleep that you can get. Sleep whenever your bundle of joy is sleeping and you’ll get at least a decent portion of shuteye.
Try some supplements
Many weight loss supplements you get at the pharmacy are not approved for pregnant women or those who are still nursing. But, there are various natural weight loss tricks that can boost your metabolism and keep your appetite at bay. For instance, apple vinegar can help reduce fat, and so can honey and lime. Green tea is also a great addition to your diet and has many health benefits, one of them being help with weight loss.
As long as you’re listening to your body and not pushing yourself too hard, you’ll lose your baby weight in a smooth and healthy way and have plenty of energy for your little one!