With a newborn baby in tow, you hardly get the time to think about yourself, let along losing the flabby pregnancy weight. And losing this weight seems to be one of the toughest because with very less movement after the baby comes, you keep pitting on those extra pounds. If you had put on around 11-15 kgs during your pregnancy, you might take a couple of months to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight with proper diet and exercise. But sometimes it is very difficult to get that pregnancy weight off because after childbirth women often remain very tired for a few months due to the stress and physical exertion.
Today, we’ll give you a few tips on how to easily get back to your pre-pregnancy shape. We see so many Bollywood and Hollywood celebrities who have bounced back to their pre-pregnancy shape in a matter of few days literally and a question “How did they do it?” Well, biologically it is not possible to get back into the previous petite self in no time, but because these celebrities are on the radar 24/7, they resort to very strict diets and physical exercises their body is not ready to fit into those crowd-favourite jeans.
Since we have no such obligations to abide by, let’s look at a more gradual approach to weight loss. But first, we begin to tell you how to lose the pregnancy weight, we advise you to be patient with your body.
Do not diet
Dieting right after childbirth is not a very feasible and healthy option. It will not just affect your health but your baby’s health too. Going on a stringent diet might help you lose the pregnancy weight rapidly but it will bounce back with double the weight once you go back to your normal diet. While for others it might backfire as stress can lead to weight gain without actually losing any weight.
You must try and eat a well-balanced healthy food. For snacking prefer fruit slices, carrot sticks or wheat crackers. Also since you are breastfeeding, your diet should not go below 1800 calories a day.
Have an abundance of superfoods
Being a new mother, you will need a lot of nutrition. Don’t skip any nutrients from your diet. Also, include some fats and calories.
- Cold water fish like salmon, sardines, and tuna are packed with DHA that is good for your newborn’s brain and nervous system.
- Milk and yogurt keep your bones strong.
- Lean meat, chicken, and beans are very rich in protein and fiber while low in calories.
Drink water. Yes, it is important to drink lots of water when you are breastfeeding your baby. Some research also says that drinking water will boost your metabolism that promotes losing weight.
Exercise is the last thing you would want to do post delivery. Your body is weak, you feel lethargic and drowsy, completely stressed out; so exercising is out of the question for many women. But exercising post pregnancy is not just for losing weight, but also it provides many benefits to a new mom. It relieves stress, helps with postpartum depression and sleep issues. It is not necessary you go to the gym to get back in shape. Take a brisk walk with your baby in the stroller. You should feel your muscles working and your heart pumping. Start with a ten-minutes’ walk in the initial days working your way up to 20-30 minutes’ walk daily. Also if you have someone to help you at home with the baby, you might think about joining the gym or some yoga class.
Breastfeeding is an important part post delivering your baby. Many celebs have openly credited breastfeeding and how it has helped in miraculously getting back in shape. There have been studies that prove how breastfeeding helps in getting back to the pre-pregnancy weight faster.
Take your time to lose the weight. There is no rush and definitely, the paparazzi is not running behind you with their cameras. Let your body heal after delivery and start with the exercise routine.