It can be disappointing to discover your belly does not return to its pre-pregnancy shape as soon as your baby is born. For nine months, your belly has been stretched out to an abnormal shape. It is going to take some time and effort to get it back to its previous flat position. Through exercise and diet, you can retrieve your former shape.
Perform aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise burns calories and fat. It also strengthens your heart and tones your muscles. If you participate in aerobic exercise, you will help get your belly back to its pre-pregnancy shape, according to the LiveStrong website.
Continue breastfeeding. Your body burns additional calories when it manufactures breast milk. In addition, the act of breastfeeding causes your uterus to contract, which can help your belly return to its normal shape more quickly, according to the Baby Center website.
Add fruits, whole grains and vegetables to your diet. Eating plenty of these foods will provide valuable nutrients and vitamins to your life.
Add low-fat dairy products to your daily diet. Your feeling of fullness will last longer, according to the Mayo Clinic. Include protein that can be found in lean meats, such as skinless chicken.
Reduce portion size. Putting less on your plate will help you regulate your calorie intake. Having extra food on the plate encourages overeating for taste, not hunger. Instead of putting serving dishes filled with food on the table, dish your food up in the kitchen and bring it to the table to eliminate the temptation to graze.
Perform sit-ups. After getting your doctor’s approval, doing sit-ups every morning will help tone the muscles across your abdomen.
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