ONE: Get Started While You’re Pregnant
If you are still pregnant, it is normal to gain weight, but that shouldn’t allow you to throw caution to the wind and start eating chocolate cake for breakfast or a family-size bag of chips for an afternoon snack. You will have cravings, and you should indulge yourself from time to time, but prudence now pays back greatly later on. Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can be a couch potato. Walk around the block once or twice a day. This will benefit you and the baby by getting your blood flowing and getting fresh air into your lungs.
TWO: Nature Gives Weight-Loss Advantages
Once the baby is born, there’s an immediate loss of 11-13 lbs. Br.eastfeeding will also help you lose weight, using up to 800 calories a day. And after you’ve allowed your body to recuperate (about 4-6 weeks) so that you can start exercising, a little bit of weight training will go a long way to helping you lose weight.
Guess what? You don’t have to join a gym or buy weights. Your baby is weight enough. Hold the baby to your chest and do lunges. Lunge behind the stroller as you walk. On your back, hold your baby above your chest and do presses toward the ceiling.
THREE: To Lose Weight Get Plenty of Rest
If your baby is sleeping, so should you. A baby’s needs can impose strange sleep cycles on adults and this can upset the metabolism and this makes it hard to lose pregnancy weight. Sleeping when the baby sleeps will allow you to avoid any long-term sleep deficits. That will keep your energy levels high and help keep sugar cravings for energy in check.
If you don’t get enough sleep, you won’t have the energy to keep yourself moving through your waking hours, much less want to work out or get your exercise.
FOUR: Consider Natural Weight Loss Remedies
Many ingredients included in weight loss supplements are not approved for women who are pregnant or nursing. Consider some natural weight loss foods that will stem your hunger or affect your metabolism in a healthy way. Not all of these may set well with you, but give some a try.
Taking lime and honey in water a couple times a day is a natural weight loss remedy.
Green tea has excellent properties that help weight loss. Drink it often during the day.
A cabbage dish once a day is good for weight loss – low in calories and high in fibre.
FIVE: Join the Company of Other Mothers
Misery loves company may be clue here. Not only good for moral support and sympathetic conversation, but you can also see what other mothers are doing that works for them. A mom who is on a second or third child can impart a lot of wisdom to a first timer.
Also, it might be easier to take up jogging or going through a video workout routine if you have some others in your situation doing it with you.
SIX: S.ex Is Still Good
Every healthy woman knows that se.x is good and a recent pregnancy should not forestall having an emotionally and physically good time. You will want to have healed enough, usually four to six weeks, so that there is no discomfort; but try to get back into the pleasure of things as soon as possible.
You will want to regain good control of your bladder and strengthen your pelvic floor and Kegel exercises will help with that.
SEVEN: B.reast Feeding
B.reastfeeding- Not Everyones magic weight loss pill
A magic pill this is not! It can work for some women but this tends to be when women have put minimal extra pregnancy kilo’s on. For some women due to post pregnancy hormones their bodies will hold on to a couple of kilos regardless of exercise and diet until they have finished br.eastfeeding.
I believe for br.eastfeeding to assist with weight loss it needs to be done for 6 months or more. Women who have exercised during pregnancy will lose weight quickly anyhow with or without br.eastfeeding.
Making sure you eat protein i.e. quality meats, eggs, full fat dairy and nuts, at every snack and meal post birth. It will not only help to produce better quality br.east milk but protein repairs muscle tissue promoting optimal recovery.
You need to drink a lot of water if you are br.eastfeeding staying hydrated also helps to clear excess pregnancy fluid left behind, your body can’t rid itself of all that extra pregnancy fluid overnight.
Keep hydrated to reduce fatigue, quench thirst and produce plenty of milk!
TEN: Limit Sugar
You may hear that you can eat whatever you want whilst you are br.eastfeeding and that br.eastfeeding by itself will help you lose weight, this is certainly not the case for everyone!
Yes you need extra calories whilst nursing and you should definitely not go hungry but it is no excuse to indulge in sugary foods in particular and over eat!