How to lose the baby weight
Being a new mom comes with its share of worries including the nagging feeling of wanting your pre-pregnancy body back as soon as possible.
Be easy on yourself post pregnancy! In fact, you should think of pregnancy as 18 months long, 9 months of pregnancy and 9 months of postpartum. Weight loss won’t come immediately, so being healthy and feeling happy during this memorable time of your life is what’s most important. Here are some healthy habits to practice that will help the weight drop off naturally, so you can focus on your overall well-being.
Make your health a priority
Focus on getting all the vitamins and nutrients you need through a well-balanced diet post-pregnancy. In other words, don’t go on a crash diet right after pregnancy as your energy levels will likely be low when your new baby arrives, due to sleepless nights and your body healing. Instead, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats such as chicken and fish and avoid sugary drinks, chips and fast food. Your weight will naturally start to level off if you maintain a healthy diet.
Tip: Only fill your house with healthy food options to prevent temptation.
Set realistic goals and live actively
Keep in mind that the first six weeks after pregnancy should be your time to rest, recover and get into the swing of being a mom. Although, having a realistic fitness goal will motivate you to keep up with healthy daily activities, during the first six weeks, start by adding activities to your routine that will build strength and boost your mood, for example, dancing while listening to music every morning or going for daily 30 minute walks in the park with your baby. Then, gradually increase the challenge; turn your walks into jogs, join an aqua fitness class at the gym or start doing 10-15 minute strength training workouts at home, two-three times per week.
Drink lots of water
Drinking water will give you energy and keep you from feeling hungry when you may just be thirsty. Plus, staying hydrated is vital for breastfeeding mothers so be sure to drink enough and eat plenty of water based foods such as watermelons, strawberries, cucumbers, yoghurt, and lettuce. You can also carry a full water bottle with you wherever you go and drink little sips throughout the day. A good way to make sure you’re hydrated is by checking your urine, if it is light yellow or almost clear in color, you’re hydrated. If your urine is dark yellow, you aren’t drinking enough.
Besides being a very nutritious main food source for a newborn baby up until the age of 6 months, breastfeeding burns around 500-800 calories a day! To be more specific, each ounce of breast milk requires 20 calories of energy, so if you pump 20 ounces of breast milk per day, you’ll burn 400 calories feeding your baby. This remains true even if you’re just resting and feeding your baby, so no squats required!
Eating small portions throughout the day will help your body metabolize the calories faster, promote a healthy metabolism and allow you to get all the nutrition you need. Having about 5-6 small meals a day with some healthy snacks in between will help you lose weight more efficiently and prevent you from getting hungry during the day.
Sleep when your baby sleeps
Being a new mom can result in feeling sleep deprived due to your baby’s new sleep schedule and a good night’s sleep is known to help you manage your weight. To hack this, try to sleep whenever your baby sleeps, if she takes a nap in the morning and afternoon, take a nap with her! This way, you’ll feel more rested and have more energy for exercise.