Your delivery was a success, and you couldn’t be more pleased with your new bundle of joy. Now, it’s time to get your post-baby body in shape by losing the weight you gained during your pregnancy. Before you start your weight loss plan, talk to your doctor, especially if you are breastfeeding or experienced a problematic pregnancy.
Indulge in Sleep
Nap when your baby naps to ensure that you’re getting an adequate amount of rest. Sleep helps your mind and body recharge and, according to the Fit Pregnancy website, not getting enough sleep has a negative impact on your perceived hunger level.
Don’t Skip Meals
Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. Add a few healthy snacks in between. The last thing you want to do is skip meals and slow down your metabolism.
Enjoy High Fiber Foods and Snack Sensibly
Enjoy high fiber foods, such as peas, whole wheat noodles, beans and broccoli. Fruits and vegetables are packed with high fiber which can help you stay full longer during the day. Staying full longer can help curb unhealthy snacking and contribute to weight loss after pregnancy. Incorporate healthy snacks into your post-pregnancy diet by choosing fruits, whole-grain cereals, yogurt and granola. Avoid high-calorie, sugary snacks as you try to lose weight after your pregnancy.
Stop eating for two and start counting your calorie intake. Cut back gradually and try not to exceed 2,200 calories a day. The Baby Center website notes that healthy women need between 1,500 and 2,200 calories per day.
Work Out with the Baby
Plan a workout with your baby by walking or jogging around the neighborhood or on a local trail. Map out a 30-minute route for a cardio workout you and the baby can enjoy. Pack a reusable water bottle to ensure you stay hydrated during your workout. If you prefer an indoor activity, sign up for a baby-friendly yoga class at your local fitness center. You can also hold the baby while doing squats, abs and leg exercises, as suggested by the “Us Magazine” website.
Find a Workout Partner
Find a workout partner, like your spouse or close girlfriend, and hit the gym. Not only can you work on getting your pre-baby body, but an hour at the gym will give you a break from your normal motherhood routine. Spend 30 to 60 minutes on the treadmill or enroll in a spinning class for a good cardio workout. Try kickboxing and Pilates to work your entire body.
- loss weight image by gajatz from Fotolia.com