Many women are concerned with getting rid of the baby weight. The most important thing to remember is that it took a nine month period to gain that much weight and it is not going to miraculously fall off after the birth of your child.
If you are like most, you want to know how to lose that post pregnancy weight gain quickly, but keep in mind it is important to be healthy.
Most physicians will tell you to wait several months before trying to lose weight. It is important to allow the body an appropriate period of time to heal. However; once you cross that two month mark, it’s time to shift weight loss into high gear.
1. Put Down The Potato Chips
The first thing that a mother trying to lose weight must do is change their eating habits. If you are breastfeeding, you are already burning an additional 400-600 calories per day. It is easy to want to munch on junk food, especially when up for 2 am feedings. Remember rather than grabbing the potato chips or a snack cake, eat a piece of fruit.
Those who are breast-feeding need to realize how important it is to have a healthy diet for the baby’s sake and your own. You want to make sure you are eating enough to not affect your milk supply. Eating too little can cause a lactating mother to not produce sufficient milk. Just like with any diet, what a mother eats will contribute to the weight gain or loss. Remember you are no longer eating for two and adjust portions accordingly.
2. Get Off The Couch
You are sure to feel like a zombie the first few months of the babies’ arrival. While it is easy to develop a vegetative state to cope with the lack of sleep, moving is important. There are exercise programs that are especially linked to help the mother lose the belly fat. Start slow and ease into a routine. Walking is a great overall workout, but tummy specific crunches and other target exercises may be difficult at first. You don’t want to expel so much energy during the workout session that you don’t have enough strength to care for your child. Gradually build up your exercise routine. Remember, your body has just been through a traumatic experience and it is not going to bounce back overnight.
3. Avoid The 1-800 Number’s
You’re groggy, fed up with the weight and awake for a 3 am feeding, normally you are watching television too. Avoid the temptation to start ordering every weight loss product offered. There are numerous supplements that claim to be all natural or to give you energy like you have never had. These supplements can be dangerous for the mother who is breastfeeding or even the mother who is not. Some pills can be dangerous for your heart and cause unnatural highs followed by periods of crashing. You are just going to have to make up your mind to lose the weight and do it the old fashioned way. There is nothing better than dieting and exercises for the new mother. Sure it’s not going to come off quickly, but it will come off and stay off if done properly.
4. Take That Stroller For a Stroll
Most mothers get a stroller as a part of their baby needs. One of the easiest ways to work out and include baby is to walk with the stroller. If a child wants to be held often this can make working out difficult. Walking is a great cardio workout and can really burn the fat. It’s hard to do crunches and squats with a child screaming. The motion of the stroller often calms an infant and makes working out a lot easier.
Losing weight is never easy, but it can be done. The stomach area may never fully go back to the way it used to be, before baby. Learning to balance diet and exercise and be healthy is not only important to you but also to your baby.
5. Belly Binding
Another great way to drop that extra baby weight is with Tauts by Brooke Burke. Tapping into the time-tested practice of post-pregnancy belly wraps, Tauts is designed to be worn for the first 40 days after pregnancy.
As one mom wrote, “My tummy insides had a lot of help from my undying affection for my Tauts Belly Wrap that I wore morning, noon and night 40 days after delivery – and boy did it work!”
Tons of celebrities – including Jessica Alba and Kourtney Kardashian – are jumping on the belly binding bandwagon. “I wore a double corset day and night for three months,” said Alba. “It was sweaty, but worth it.”
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