Having a baby is an incredibly exciting achievement both emotionally and physically. When you finally reach the finish line, you should be proud of your accomplishment! Whether you had a c-section or gave birth naturally, producing a baby is no small task!
Because your body goes through so many changes throughout the process, it can be challenging for women to accept their new post-birth body. They may resort to extreme measures like crash diets or getting surgery to restore their pre-pregnancy shape.
However, it’s not only in your best interest to take things slowly, but it’s also in your baby’s best interest. Here are some of the best tips for losing your post-baby weight in the healthiest possible way.
Have Realistic Expectations
Despite what you see in magazines and blogs, the average woman doesn’t bounce back to her pre-baby body immediately. It will take time to get back to your regular shape, and even when that happens you’ll still notice some differences.
Most women report that it takes them an average of 2 years to lose their baby weight. In many cases, they retain an average of 5-10 pounds more than their pre-pregnancy size.
It’s realistic to expect that it will take you about the same amount of time to lose your baby weight as it took to gain it. Other factors such as how much weight you gained during your pregnancy will also come into play.
It’s important that you get enough nutrients and calories after giving birth, especially if you’re breastfeeding. Your body needs plenty of food in order to make a full recovery as well as produce the milk for your baby to be nourished.
Producing milk burns a considerable amount of calories. Therefore, you’ll find yourself hungrier than usual trying to keep up with your body’s needs. Try to opt for healthy options which are naturally derived. Your body will be more capable of burning the calories and putting them where they need to go. Make healthy and nutritious choices over-processed high-fat foods.
You don’t have to hit the gym five times a week and drink protein shakes to be considered active. An active lifestyle can be as simple as walking thirty minutes a day. Not only will you burn more calories, but you’ll keep your muscles strong.
Take your baby out in the stroller or attached to you and go for a brisk walk. It’s good for both of you!
Other low impact exercise ideas include going for a swim, taking a yoga class, or taking a dance class. The idea is getting your heart rate up and using your body!