Just had a new Baby? Congratulations!
I’m sure, like almost all new Mom’s you can’t wait to be wearing your ‘slim’ clothes again. Before that can happens, you may need to lose a few pounds.For a lucky few, getting back into shape is as easy as A.B.C. but for the majority a bit of effort is required to shift this weight
For some new moms, wanting to lose weight happens far too soon after giving birth, which is quite easy to understand. After carrying baby for many months, things can get a little uncomfortable, then suddenly you have this beautiful little person in your arms….But….You’re still looking a tad pregnant.
Thats OK and very natural.
Before you think about weight loss it is advisable that you do the following:
1. Ensure that you and the rest of the family bond well with baby.
2.Get into a good routine so you and your baby are more relaxed and you have managed to create a little bit of “me time” Don’t be afraid to ask for help with this as it can be a difficult time, especially if it is your first child.
3. Any unusual craving you may have had should have disappeared, so try hard to eat a good wholesome well balanced diet to help keep up your milk supply and also to provide enough nutrients to keep your energy levels up.
4. Get a full medical check before you start any type of exercise or diet. This is most important.
Once you have gotten the all clear from your doctor, you can safely begin to work on losing weight. At the start of your weight loss journey it is essential that you exercise patience….Begin slowly….A weight loss of no more than 2 pounds a week is recommended, particularly when breastfeeding as losing weight too fast may affect your milk supply. Also by losing weight slowly you have a better chance of keeping it off.
Below are 3 things to get you going:
Mother Nature has given you an easy…All natural way to feed your baby and to make sure he or she gets a well balanced, nutritious meal every time. Another great thing about breastfeeding is that you actually burn approximately 500 calories per day while baby thrives. And thats not all….You also save money because you don’t need to buy expensive formula….You have the convenience of not having to deal with bottle preparation, you can feed baby anywhere, anytime without having to heat bottles. It doesn’t get much easier does it?
Go easy on yourself when exercising. Keep in mind that you have just had a baby and your body needs time to recover before you pound it with strenuous exercise, this may do you more harm than good. Start slowly.
A daily walk with baby is a good way to start, all you need to do at this point is to get moving, nothing too strenuous.
Eat enough wholesome food to keep you satisfied eg. Fruit….Vegetables….Lean meat….Fish….Chicken….Nuts and seeds….Wholegrain breads and pasta….Legumes and eliminate or at least cut down on all processed foods.
Instead of eating 1 – 2 – or 3 larger meals daily try eating 5 or 6 smaller meals, this will help keep your metabolism pumping.
Drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated and help flush toxins from your body. Have healthy nibbles handy for when you become a little peckish.
Lose pregnancy weight by combining…Breastfeeding – Exercise – Healthy diet – Motivation – Action..
Here’s to a healthier – happier – trimmer YOU!