Giving birth to a new baby is one of the most amazing events you will ever experience in your lifetime; but, the weight that often comes with it isn’t quite as exciting. Even when people are focused on losing weight after having the baby, they sometimes gain even more weight instead. Instead of getting frustrated, however, it’s important to understand that there are natural things that need to happen with your body before you begin to lose weight again. Then, implementing the most personally applicable tips for healthy weight loss becomes much easier.
After having your baby, you should not worry about losing weight for the first few weeks. Months-long body changes and the trauma of childbirth can take a toll on your body, and it needs time to recover. For this reason, most doctors recommend a full six weeks before any strenuous activity, but mild strengthening exercises may often be implemented shortly after giving birth. Remember, if you try to workout too early, you may damage weakened ligaments, pull muscles, and you may even weaken your bones in the process as your body pulls what it needs to make the milk you need to breastfeed. Dieting too intensely has the same effect: you may end up getting sick or crashing your metabolism as you try to get back into shape.
Once you have successfully gotten past the first few weeks, however, it’s time to kick your weight loss plan into gear. It’s very easy to experience weight gain after pregnancy if you don’t already have a plan in place. So, some of the best ways to start losing weight after pregnancy include:
- Breastfeeding – breastfeeding not only helps the body burn extra calories immediately following childbirth, but it reminds you to eat healthier, too.
- Scheduling time to exercise – just as you must schedule everything else in life, you will also have to learn when the best time to exercise falls within your new routine of caring for your baby. If it’s not scheduled in, you probably will find a reason not to do it.
- Incorporating your baby/kids into your routine – sometimes things just don’t go as planned, so try to incorporate your children into your workout routine. For instance, walk to the park to allow older kids to play while you walk the perimeter, where you can break for lunges, squats, sit ups, pushups and planks.
- Pre-making your food – when you are cooking your family dinner, set aside your portion immediately and commit to your pre-determined serving size. You may end up getting interrupted during your meal time, and it’s easy to overeat by taking a few bites, and still serving yourself a regular portion later on. Also, cut up veggies for pre-made snacks that can tide you over when you’re on the go.
- Sticking to your own food – one of the biggest traps new mothers fall into is finishing off their child’s food on-the-go. A bite here and a bite there really add up. If you are going to eat, then make sure you eat your meal and just yours. It’s an easy routine – a really bad routine – to fall into, but it happens to a good number of moms.
Even the strictest of dieters need to realize that the weight took nine months to put on, so no one should expect that it all come off within the first few weeks – despite the stories we hear about the few stunning miracle-moms who never look like they gave birth 8 weeks later. The most important thing is taking care of your baby, but being a good example of health is just as important. The better you feel, the better you will be able to care for your children.
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