When you first have a baby, the last thing on your mind is losing weight. You’re too busy getting to know your bundle of joy, and experiencing the thrill of being a mother.
However, once you have got settled into a routine with your baby, it is not uncommon for you to begin wondering what you can do to lose your post pregnancy weight. After all, your body has undergone a major transformation and for many, you may feel like you have lost yourself under the new persona of being a mum.
So what can you do?
A common complaint amongst new mums is simply finding the time to eat properly and exercise. Your life now revolves around the needs of your baby, and whether you are struggling to stay away from them or can’t find the time to cook; it can be easy to put on some weight within the first few months of having a baby.
Now if this sounds like you, it doesn’t have to be this way…
It is possible to slowly begin losing your post pregnancy weight, without having to divert your attention away from your baby.
Here are a few helpful tips to get you started:
- Breastfeeding: Whilst breastfeeding is not for everyone, but it does come with its advantages, namely the fact that it can help you to burn between 100 to 600 calories a day without exercise.
- Making food in bulk: Many of us are prone to eating on the go after having a baby, but this can lead to poor eating habits and overeating if you are not careful.For this reason, try to get your partner, a family member or a friend to watch your baby for you for an hour, and go on a cooking spree. This will allow you to cook in bulk a collection of healthy, nutritious meals and store them in the freezer until you need them.Remember: it is important that you eat well when you have a baby as constant feeding and sleepless nights can leave you feeling fatigued.
- Go for a walk: As long as it isn’t raining and your baby is wrapped up, walking can offer you a great opportunity to get out of the house, exercise and stretch your legs. Plus, if your baby is having trouble sleeping then going on a daily walk will help them to slip into a better sleeping routine.Just remember to keep your exercise simple at first, especially for the first 6 weeks after you have given birth, and gradually ease yourself into it. Your body needs this time to recover from giving birth and doing too much too soon can do more harm than good.
- Take advantage of naps: Whilst your baby is sleeping try doing some laps around your house as well as exercise your pelvic floor. If you haven’t had a c-section you can also start doing some stomach crunches 6 weeks after your baby has been born.If however you have had a c-section, it is important that you wait a minimum of 10 weeks before you exercise and have been given the all clear by your midwife, as your womb has undergone major surgery and will need to recover.
- Go swimming: Swimming is fun for you and your baby plus will help you to get reacquainted with muscles you didn’t get to use whilst you were pregnant.Get a friend or your partner to come with you, and ask them to play with your baby whilst you do 10 laps.
- Invest in an exercise DVD: From DVD tutorials to the Wii fit to Zumba fitness, it is even easier to exercise at home and get a full workout. So when your baby is taking a nap, whip out the DVD and give some of their routines a try.
- Try a weight loss supplement: Now you should only try this one if you are not breastfeeding, as everything you consume can get into your babies milk.If however you have chosen not to breastfeed or your baby is nearly one and you have weaned them off you, you can safely begin to use a weight loss supplement.A quality one can help you to take control of your dietary habits, suppress your appetite and control your calorie intake. Simply make sure that you do your research first, check for clinical studies and ensure that it suits your dietary needs.
Losing those post pregnancy pounds doesn’t have to be a mission and a half. Just remember that it took you 9 months to put on this weight, so it may take you 9 months to lose it and keep it off.