Your body goes through immense changes over the pregnancy period. Along with planning for the baby’s arrival, you need to plan for how to shed those post-baby pounds. Once the baby has a steady sleep-cycle, your days and nights begin to take on a comfortable rhythm. This is a good time to start the weight loss journey. Here are some tips on how to you get there.

Don’t Diet

Yes, conventional dieting may actually lead to a weight gain. Depriving your body of foods that you’re fond of may lead to a yo-yo diet, resulting in added pounds. Eating healthy food, will make the weight come off naturally. Make sure you have a well-balanced diet that is rich in nutrients.

Move Around

It’s natural for new moms to feel sleep-deprived and perpetually exhausted. It takes the body six weeks to recover from childbirth; even longer if you’ve had a caesarean. Until then, take baby steps, like strolling around your local community.

Lift Weights

Once you’re past the six-week threshold, start with simple weights. Instead of investing in dumbbells or a gym membership, hold your baby while doing lunges. Not only will it boost your metabolism, you will also make your baby happy.

Eat Super Foods

As a new mother, you should load up on essential nutrients. Pick foods that are rich in calcium, proteins and fibre. Not only are they nourishing, they’ll also help you feel fuller for longer.

Breastfeed

Breastfeeding boosts your baby’s immunity and provides essential health benefits. Research suggests that breastfeeding can aids in weight loss. According to the subcommittee of Nutrition during Lactation,

 

“On average, lactating women who eat to appetite lose weight at the rate of 0.6 to 0.8 kg (1.3 to 1.6 pounds) per month in the first 4 to 6 months.”

 

In fact, while breastfeeding, you could easily add 300 calories to your diet.

Drink Water

Drinking water hydrates you, but it also boosts your metabolism and prevents you from eating as much.

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