When my first child was born (a 7 1/2 lb bouncing baby boy) I was so consumed with my new role of “mommy” that I didn’t have time to think about losing weight. I mean, it was there, and then it wasn’t. Poof!
Fast forward three years, and my husband and I welcome a beautiful baby girl, Shea. There was so much that was different with my second pregnancy, including a whopping 40lb weight gain. That may not seem like a lot, but when you’re 5 feet, 2 inches, its noticeable.
This time round, I’m way more comfortable in my mommy role. One thing I have noticed is that the weight is not rolling off as quickly. I know my body went through 9 months of changes so I shouldn’t realistically expect it to snap back into shape over night.
So, in my quest to learn the best ways to improve my overall fitness I’ve compiled below some tips to keep in mind based on my findings from around the web.
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#1. Baby & Me
I think one of the hardest parts of trying to get into a workout routine for me is the fact that my mind is constantly wandering when I’m away from her….is she sleeping, is she awake, is she smiling, is she doing something cool again..is she…and on and on it goes. The cool thing about this workout routine from Nourish Move Love, is the fact that you are exercising with your little one. You get to see every inquisitive look that washes over their pretty little face.
#2. Walking for Weight Loss
After bringing your new bundle of joy home, it will take some time for both you and your little one to get into a routine. An easy exercise to add into the mix is to simply walk! Once you’re feeling up to it, you can venture outside with the little one and take the stroller for a spin.
#3. The Bridge, Modified Cobra and Forward Bend Exercises
If you had a C-Section, then there are some exercises you absolutely want to avoid. If its been at least 6 weeks since you gave birth (and you’ve gotten the all clear from your doctor) you can try the Bridge, Modified Cobra and Forward Bend exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor.
#4. Smoothies With A Twist
Its not just about what you do with your body – exercise – its also about what you put into your body. What does your daily diet look like? With two kids and an active lifestyle, smoothies are an amazing (and tasty) way for me to nourish my body.
#5. Weight Loss Accessories
As the old saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day, so you can’t expect to immediately get back your pre-pregnancy body overnight. It takes time.
In the meantime, however, there are great undergarments that can help you look and feel fabulous such as a postpartum girdle. Some benefits include:
- Faster bounce back rate
- Tummy support
- Prevents enlargement of fat cells
- Straightens your spine
- Heals Diastasis Recti
- Helps compress your uterus to not only return uterus to its original size, but to help swelling go down.
I’ve heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but I didn’t know an apple a day also helps to keep asthma away.
#6. Exercises For Every Stage
Getting back in shape after giving birth does not have to be a daunting task. With the Fitness Chat System, it gives you a range of exercises you can perform immediately after giving birth, 6-8 weeks after giving birth and 8-12 weeks post pregnancy.
Please remember to consult with your doctor before starting any fitness regime after giving birth. Most importantly, don’t ignore the signs your body is giving you. Take things slow at first and gradually increase your workouts.
#7. Diastasis Recti & Your Weight Loss Goals
I had never even heard of this condition until I started doing my research. This was a particularly interesting finding. Some women can develop a condition called Diastasis Recti either during pregnancy or postpartum. Either way its a good idea to get this checked out before you start an exercise regime.
According to Web MD, abdominal seperation or Diastasis Recti, means your belly sticks out or has a pooch because the space between your left and right belly muscles has widened. This condition is common amongst pregnant women due to the increased pressure put on the belly during pregnancy, forcing the abdominal muscles to lose their shape.
#8. Prevent & Repair Diastasis Recti
I found another article that delves further into the condition Diastasis Recti and even offers some solutions that you can start working on while pregnant as well as postpartum.
As with any exercise routine, please make sure you get clearance from your doctor first.
#9. Get Your Shake On
A common theme or topic I’ve found while doing research for this blog, is the need to nourish your body with protein post pregnancy. Like I said earlier, as a busy mom of two, shakes are often my go-to beverage, but I typically stick with fruits and yoghurt. I came across a great blog that did a comparison of a few protein powders that can be added to your shake AND they are safe for breastfeeding moms.
#10. Boost Milk Supply for Weight Loss
What do almonds, sesame seeds, turkey, oats, quinoa and apricots have in common? They are all considered lactogenic meaning that they are known to work within a woman’s body to support a mother’s lactation.
Incorporating lactogenic foods into your daily diet will help to nourish your body throughout the day, which means you’re less likely to reach for that bag of chips!
#11. Get Your H2O On
This list would not be complete without the mention of incorporating good old-fashioned H2O in your daily diet. From increasing ones metabolism to allowing you to feel full and satisfied, the list of benefits of drinking water everyday is lengthy. Adding this one item to your daily post pregnancy weight loss regimen only increases your chances of shedding those extra pounds that much sooner.
#12. Sleepy Time
For me – and probably most new moms – this one has to be the hardest weight loss tip, but according to studies, getting a decent amount of sleep has been shown to increase weight loss.
According to Web MD, when you don’t get enough sleep it increases the hormone that stimulates the appetite and lowers the one that tells your brain that you’re satisfied. Sleepy people may feel more hunger pangs than those who are rested.
#13. The Numbers Game
Having a support group around you while you’re trying to lose that baby weight gain can be just the thing you need to keep you on track to meet your weight loss goal. Your support group/person could be your significant other, a close friend or family member, a local “mommy group” in your community, or maybe an online mommy group.
Either way, it’s easier to stay motivated and on track when you have someone in your corner cheering you on, especially on those rough days when you feel like packing it all in.
I hope you enjoyed this article and got some useful tips to get you started or maybe even rejuvenate your passion for getting back into shape! Whether its your diet, exercise or mental health, you can start implementing one or more of these tips for a sound mind, body and health.
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