Women worry about getting their body back to shape after giving birth. After housing a human being in your womb and eating for both of you during pregnancy, you will inevitably have some pregnancy weight left after you give birth.
Pregnancy weight has been such an issue, especially with celebrities. Issues of weight gain during and after pregnancy and celebrities getting back to shape after pregnancy always made it to the headlines. Thus, shaping the way women think about how their body should be after pregnancy.
But remember, you live your own life, and you make your own choices. You should lose the pregnancy weight only if you choose to and not because society is pressuring you to.
If you want to get back to shape after giving birth, here are 11 ways to do so:
1. Start Eating Healthy While You’re Pregnant
It is normal to gain weight during pregnancy. It’s normal to have those weird cravings and think that the extra food intake is for the health of your baby. But do not go overboard. Do not let your guards down.
Pregnancy is not an excuse for you to overeat all the time. Don’t finish a whole cake in one sitting or indulge too much on junk foods. This can result in adverse effects for you and your baby.
Indulge from time to time, but do not abuse your pregnancy.
2. Breastfeed Your Baby
Nature has its way of helping you shed the weight. After you give birth, you’ll lose around 11-13 pounds immediately.
Once you breastfeed, it will also help you lose weight because it can take up to 800 calories per day. Breastfeeding your baby can also have a positive effect on their health. Babies who are breastfed are generally healthier.
3. Rest as Much as You Can
We understand that it can be difficult to this with a baby at tow. Mothers have also reported to always have an abnormal sleeping pattern after childbirth because you’ll have to adjust to their sleeping patterns and be there when they need you.
With this, try to ask your partner or anyone in the house to help you. Ask them to do the house chores for you and allow you to rest when the baby does.
4. Try Natural Weight Loss Remedies
If you’re breastfeeding, it would be advised that you for natural weight loss remedies. There are different weight loss remedies that you can try but bear in mind that not all of them will work for you. So, you have to try it out until you find something compatible with your body.
You can try apple cider vinegar, lime and honey, tea from Indian palm leaves, acai berry juice, and so much more.
5. Join a Support Group
Try to join a group of other mothers. This can help you mentally and emotionally because you’ll have people who can relate to your struggles. It would be right for you to have conversations with fellow mothers so you can ask for some tips, and you can both learn from each other.
You can also do some activities together. The moral and emotional support that you can get from the group will be helpful to your overall well-being.
6. Have Sex with Your Partner
Of course, not immediately after you give birth, but you’ll have to get back to this pleasurable exercise. Give it around four to six weeks so you won’t feel any discomfort.
Giving birth should not hinder you from doing things that will provide you with pleasure.
7. Don’t Let your Guard Down with Calories and Fat
We know you’re stressed. And people who are stressed usually turn to foods that are sweet, fatty, and full of carbs. You might tell yourself that you deserve some treats after a day of taking care of the baby. But this mindset won’t help you lose weight.
Watch what you’re eating. Just like when you were pregnant, indulge from time to time but do not make it a daily habit.
8. Eat Healthily
Adopt a new eating philosophy to help you increase your metabolism and fight hunger.
First, do not forget to eat breakfast. This is the most important meal of the day.
Space out your meals. You can eat every 4 hours but only in small portions.
Eat protein-rich foods like fish, beans, and lean meat because these can lessen your hunger.
You can also eat nuts because they digest longer, therefore, making you full for a more extended period.
9. Have an Exercise Routine
Do this when your body has already recuperated. You can start by having simple exercises four weeks after giving birth.
If you have been active before giving birth, you can slowly go back to your exercise routine.
You can have some exercise balls, so you can do some tummy exercises.
10. Workout with a Partner
If it will motivate you better, try to get a partner in doing things that you need to do to get back in shape. Be It diet or exercise; both of you can motivate each other to achieve the goals that you want to achieve.
11. Give Your Body Time to Recover
Do not rush losing your pregnancy weight. Give your body time to recover. Remember, you just gave birth to a human being, and we all know how painful that can be.
It will help if you do diet and exercise right away. Do things at the right time. Don’t rush, but don’t be complacent as well.
After giving birth, we understand that your baby becomes your priority, but it is not synonymous with not taking care of yourself. You can always take care of your baby while taking care of your well-being as well.
But every woman has their own journey on how they can shed the pregnancy weight. Some women lose weight faster compared to others. Some women have more time to do exercise.
We all work in different contexts, but whatever it may be, just don’t forget to take care of yourself as well.
Mich is a 38-year-old semi-professional sports person who enjoys extreme ironing, drone photography and ferret racing. She is fit and disciplined, has a degree in sports science and has a severe phobia of cats.