Motherhood is one of the most special gifts of nature. Carrying the baby in your womb, preparing for his or her entry into the world, welcoming him/her into your world, and cherishing the warmth and love of a tiny human is a timeless feeling. While beginning the journey of being a new mother and making life-long memories with their babies, there are some physical concerns some women may face - a major one being finding it difficult to lose weight after delivering the baby. If you are also worried about losing pregnancy weight, here are a few tips to help you get back in shape.
Take it Easy
Your body needs time to recoup from childbirth. Give yourself at least 2 months before trying any diet or exercise. While it is natural to want to lose weight as soon as possible, waiting for some weeks will help you lose faster as you will be stronger and will be able to lose weight in a better way.
Don’t Try Crash Diets
Crash diets are not something that’s advisable, especially after having a baby. Your body is recovering and needs more nutrients than before. Your baby also needs you to be healthy and not crash dieting as he/she is also getting their nutrients from you for at least 6 months. Crash diets may lead to weakness, and even if you lose some weight, you might gain it back immediately once you stop the crash diet.
Take a Proper Diet
The best way to facilitate your weight-loss is to eat a proper balanced diet. Remember never to skip meals. You can try eating 6-7 small meals throughout the day rather than having heavy meals 3 times. Choose non-fat or low-fat dairy products. You can also munch on healthy and light snacks when you get hungry between meals. Also remember to drink lots of fluids and water. Make it a routine to drink a glass of water every hour.
Avoid Oily and Overly Sweet Foods
Carbonated drinks such as soda, colas, drinks are high on preservatives. Packaged juices, and other drinks are flooded with with extra added sugar. Opt for naturally squeezed fruit juices, sugar-free drinks, and water to stay hydrated and burn extra fat in the body.
To start with, take small steps to add exercise to your daily routine like a walk around the park with your baby in the stroller, or light exercises. While exercising can help, breastfeeding can also help lose weight as it helps burns calories.
Some Points to Remember...
While all the points mentioned in the blog will help you get back in shape after the delivery, make sure you consult a doctor before you start an exercise regime. If your weight-loss is taking some time, remember that everybody loses weight at their pace because factors like age, diet, activity level, natural metabolism, and genetic make-up affect weight loss journeys for different individuals. Having patience and being consistent is the key and you will reach your goal while also taking good care of your baby.
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