Getting Your Figure Back After A Baby
After giving birth and having a new baby to look after, ‘getting your figure back’ should be the last thing on your mind.
However this is often not the case! When there is so much imagery in the glossy magazines and online of high-profile celebrity mums bouncing back after what seems only days after having a baby, many mums feel under pressure to drop the pounds.
Though it may not happen overnight, getting your figure back doesn’t have to be a pipe dream. There are ways to do it – safely and effectively.
Getting startedOften, new mums believe that cutting calories and starting a new diet is the best way to regain that pre-pregnancy body, but that’s not the best way to start, especially if you’re breastfeeding. Cutting down on calories while breastfeeding wears mothers out and slows down milk production. So, it’s never wise to cut calories for the first six weeks – always speak to a doctor first. And remember, breastfeeding burns calories and can help new mothers shed unwanted pounds quite quickly.
While cutting calories isn’t highly recommended soon after birth, increasing activity is. Exercise not only helps a woman regain her ideal body, but also increases energy levels and cuts the risk of postpartum depression. Most doctors will agree that a mild workout as soon as mum feels ready is acceptable. You must speak to a doctor before embarking on any exercise if you’ve had a caesarean. The key to exercise is that it should make you feel better, not worse.
Sleeping it offLack of sleep means low energy and cravings for food that help boost it – like carbs and sugar. A key to losing weight is getting plenty of rest, so when the baby is sleeping, it is a good idea to try and get forty winks yuyrself. Having enough rest ensures that mothers maintain sufficient energy levels and will keep sugar cravings in check.
Eating rightIt goes without saying that eating right plays an integral role in one’s weight and overall health. In order to lose weight – and keep it off – it is a good idea to space meals and spread caloric intake evenly through the day. Try to incorporate fish, beans, lean meat, and skinless poultry into the diet, all of which are high in protein and reduce hunger pangs. Consistent fibre like wholegrains, fruits, and vegetables also make you feel fuller.
Working outNo one ever said that the gym is the only place to lose weight and get into shape. Getting back into shape is a gradual process, and for many new mums, learning a new routine takes time. The trick is to get into a regular exercise regime and stick to it – and getting started is often the hardest part. An excellent way to start such a regime is to put the baby in the buggy and go for a walk. Walking may not seem like exercise but it is! Then, incorporate more activity each week such as ten minutes of yoga in the morning or a quick stretch after lunch. If this seems like too much hard work, there are easier ‘cheat’ options available such as cellulite, fat melting or zerona treatments from companies such as American laser.
The mum networkOther mums who have new babies are often the best sources of support for you. They will feel sympathy when you’re tired and will have ideas to help you lose weight to share with you. Getting together with other mums is also a good way to keep a positive attitude and make working out more fun!