Having a baby is a long process which takes your body through a variety of changes and transitions. By the time you finally give birth your body will have changed and stretched and morphed in ways that you may not have ever even anticipated.
It’s important to remember that it took you this long to be able to gain all this weight to create your new baby, so it’s no surprise that it will take you about the same amount of time to shrink back and get your body how you want it. It’s a gradual process which you should do with patience for yourself and appreciate that despite how much your body may have changed, the reason behind it, creating a new life, is well worth the changes. In order to gradually and healthily lose this weight, try the following tips after you give birth.
If you make the choice to breastfeed, it can not only benefit your baby for the entirety of their lives by strengthening their immune system and giving them ideal nutrition, but it will also help you lose weight.
When your body creates breastmilk, it takes it from your body’s reserve fat. Therefore, the more that you breastfeed, the more that you’re ridding your body of the excess weight that you gained during your pregnancy.
Cut Out Sugar
You may want to consider eliminating sugar from your diet entirely. Sugar is one of the biggest culprits of weight gain. Rather than letting your body gain even more weight on top of your baby weight, you should try to limit your sugar consumption.
Making healthy nutritional choices will be the best way to get your body back to where it was before the baby, and maybe even better than it was before.
Walk Every Day
Keeping active and moving is one of the best ways to start the transformation of your body. Since walking is a low impact exercise, you don’t have to worry about straining your body or causing injury after giving birth.
Try to take a walk at least once a day for 30 minutes with either your baby attached to you or in the stroller. You’ll feel much better physically, and also mentally since you’ll be getting out of the house.
When you’re breastfeeding you may find that you’re considerably hungrier than usual. IT’s easy to find yourself snacking throughout the day on anything that you find laying around.
However, you’ll be doing yourself a better service to eat 3 large filling healthy meals. You’ll have less urges to snack and will lose weight faster. Make sure you’re eating lean protein and whole grains and vegetables rather than processed foods.