Lose That Baby Weight
Having a baby is a blessing, but gaining all the pounds is a living nightmare. You probably noticed the weight start to creep on you during your first trimester. Since then, you have made plans on how you were going to blast the bulges away. However, now that the baby is here it’s harder than you thought. Here are some ways to get your pre-pregnancy bod back!
Feed Your Baby Breast Milk
The female body was designed to shed the extra weight it gained during gestation through breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is a lot of work for your body. So much so that it needs an extra 500 calories a day just to cope with your hungry baby. Breastfeeding can burn between 600 to 800 calories per day, so just sit in your favourite chair, feed your baby and watch the pounds drop off without any sweat at all. When your new-born goes on solids, keep in mind the honeymoon is over and you should watch your diet and increase your exercise regime.
Easier said than done, right? You are already sleep deprived and so over-whelmed with all the work junior has placed on your shoulders. Getting your gear on and busting out some moves is the last thing on your mind. That’s ok, since women’s bodies aren’t ready to move about vigorously until six weeks after birth. If you had a Caesarean section, you have that added excuse to wait a little longer before you join your mates at the gym.
However, you could do some walking before your six-week check-up. Walk around the block with the baby in the pram. Start with 15 minutes and if that didn’t intensify excessive bleeding, gradually increase your walking time (and speed) to thirty minutes a day. Do this three to five times a week and you should start seeing results.
Lift Your Baby And Get Strong
Weightlifting helps to increase your metabolism, which makes you lose weight faster. However, instead of investing in dumbbells and gym memberships, use your bundle of joy for your weight loss routine. Keep your baby close to your chest as you do lunges, or lie on the floor and lift your baby above your chest towards the ceiling.
Remember This. You Need To Sleep
Sometimes mothers have a hard time to wrap their heads around this, since they are so pre-occupied in taking care of the baby. When you get enough sleep, you are less likely to snack on high calorie and sugar loaded foods to boost your energy levels. A change in your sleep cycle brought on by a new-born can slow down your metabolism. Make it a point to take a nap, whenever your baby catches a few z’s.
Baby weight can go away and doesn’t have to be just a souvenir your baby left for you to hang on to. Keep positive, eat healthy, exercise and sleep well. If anybody has an opinion about your breastfeeding, let them know that it’s the best thing for you and your baby’s health. Period.