Nine months of eating for two may have left you with unwanted weight gain. Now that your beautiful bundle of joy has arrived, are you struggling to lose pregnancy weight? Your new beautiful baby has become your main priority. It is easy to be tired, with little time to devote to your workout and healthy eating plan. Don’t dismay, those 20-35 pounds of extra weight can melt away.
Try these tips to lose baby weight after pregnancy…
As a mother who breastfeed for six months, words can’t express how important breastfeeding is to both you and your baby. The natural caress and closeness of your baby while you are breastfeeding is a wonderful experience. It creates bonds of security and trust, providing physical as well as mental benefits. A breastfeed baby is a contented baby. A contented baby provides time for you to focus on your own health. Studies show that breastfeeding can melt baby weight gain away. But, be careful. If you breastfeed you must consume about 300 extra calories per day. Don’t use this as an excuse to fill your plate up. Choose nutrient-dense foods that provide nutrition without adding extra fat.
Whether you are breastfeeding or not, eating nutrient-dense super foods will give you energy and keep you feeling fuller longer. Lean protein, organic fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes; these are all foods that contain essential vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids that will help your baby develop a strong body, and help you to lose weight.
Get out the Stroller
Eating right is important to getting back in shape, and exercise plays an important role, too. Exercise will drive away any signs of depression or anxiety. Taking your newborn for a 20 minute stroll is the perfect way to get fresh air and sunshine, as well as stretch your legs. The low impact of walking is a great warm up for more intense exercise at least three times a week. Calisthenics, such as lunges and squats, added cardio and resistance will definitely get you back into shape. Pregnancy can lead to gaining weight in all the wrong places. While some women gain weight in their hips/legs, others gain weight in their mid-section. Consult with a certified fitness trainer for a workout routine to target areas where you want to lose baby weight. If you have had a C-section, your physician can tell you when it is alright to begin an exercise program.
When you stay hydrated throughout the day, you appease hunger pangs and the desire to eat absentmindedly. To know if you are getting enough water, experts agree that going to the bathroom about every three hours and checking your urine for color is the key.
Dress for motherhood. When you look good, you feel good. When you feel good, you will have the willpower to stay on your weight loss plan. Putting your maternity clothes in a box is reason enough to stick with a diet and exercise plan. Get back into your skinny jeans, sexy lingerie, and fitted t-shirts.
When we take time eat right, exercise, and stay hydrated, we feel better. When possible, take times for naps and meditation. Find a quiet, secluded spot to meditate while baby is asleep. Or, if you have a rocker in the nursery, sit a while. Enjoy the aroma and environment of your newborn. This time will empower your weight loss efforts and keep you in tune with your own desires.
As new mothers, we all want to be the Mother of the Year. Be real. All mothers can use a helping hand now and then. Find a family member or certified babysitter to watch your newborn while you make a trip to the gym, tennis court, bike path, or wherever you like to move. At the end of the day, you will be much happier, and your happiness will flow to your newborn.
Weight loss after having a baby isn’t difficult. It’s all up to you to choose wisely. As the baby grows you want to go to the beach (yes, you can wear a bikini), get down in the sandbox, and play with your child. Don’t miss out. Don’t let extra weight stop you from doing the things you want to do. This reminds me of a favorite poem. Here is an excerpt from Song For a Fifth Child, by Ruth Hamilton (1958). “The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow, for children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow. So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep. I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.”