Best Post-Baby Body
Keeping fit is a daily affair that requires determination and motivation. The regiment itself is enough to deter people and the endless specifics of the routine only induce more panic. Moreover, getting in shape can be challenging as you age, yet it can also be troublesome when you’re young. For many people though, these benchmarks are not the most difficult test to overcome in pursuit of fitness. Consider pregnancy. Your hunger is driven by cravings and may add extra weight to your growing belly.
As a new mother your schedule revolves around the baby. Between feeding, naps and activities, there is no time for the gym. And needing to feed the baby every few hours can really cut into your own nutritional needs. Luckily, this doesn’t mean you can’t lose weight.
Postpartum Picnic: Reassignment of your diet. Instead of eating three large meals a day, eat several small meals spaced throughout your waking hours. This will also help produce milk if you are breastfeeding. Just like exercise, this routine can be carried beyond this first stage of recuperation. Similar to other healthy diets, limit fat in-take, snack on fruits or vegetables and eat whole-grains.
Walk off the Weight: An intense workout everyday for several hours is the exact opposite of what your body needs. New moms should use errands and baby-time as a means for constant activity (without the stress). Believe it or not, the stroller is your new best friend. Walking is an optimal solution for weight loss shortly after giving birth. Think of the stroller as a new piece of exercise equipment. It will help you shed pounds without much effort.
Your Best Baby Body: For at least six to eight weeks after delivery, you should take exercise slowly. Don’t rush into strenuous workouts. What your body needs is the same tender loving care as your baby. Gently work backwards from the activity you did in your third trimester to the second and first until you regain the exercise pattern from before your pregnancy.
Returning to the weight you were prior to your baby adventure will realistically take several weeks, perhaps even months. Don’t try and rush results as this may cause dangerous problems to your recovering body. Taking it slow and steady will get you to the finish line healthy and happy with your new system and an invigorated post-baby body.