Having a baby is a wonderful thing, but it can have a massive impact on your body both during and after your pregnancy and the birth itself. Many women find that they put on a lot of weight – some even have to go up a size or two in shoes as well – which they want to shed as soon as possible after their baby is born. To start with, you do need to let your body rest and recuperate, but once that is done, there are some easy ways to get back into shape. Here are some of them.
It’s easy to get tempted into bad habits when you’re pregnant. After all, if you’re gaining weight anyway, what does one extra slice of chocolate cake or another takeout pizza really matter? The truth is it matters a lot. When you’re pregnant, some of the weight you put on is down to the baby, but some can be due to eating too much of the wrong foods (cravings can play a big part in this as well), and this is the weight that is hardest to shift when it’s all over. Eat well and healthily throughout your pregnancy, and losing weight and getting back in shape will be a lot easier.
Nature has its own way of helping you to lose weight, starting with the birth. Not only will you lose the pounds that were your baby, but you’ll also lose a little more besides because you’ll no longer be carrying around all that fluid or the placenta. All in all, you can expect to lose about 11 to 13 pounds immediately after giving birth.
Breastfeeding is another natural way of losing weight since it burns around 800 calories each day. Plus, your baby is a good means of exercise; holding them on your chest while you do lunges (once you are fully recovered), pushing luxury prams around the neighborhood, and carrying them around in general all helps.
Sleep When You Can
When you have a baby, your sleep cycles can get very confused, and that can cause your metabolism to have issues, meaning that weight is harder to lose. Trying to get a little nap in when your baby is sleeping is a good way of catching up on the sleep you’ve been missing and can help your metabolism start to work again. Your energy levels will be increased, and your sugar cravings should reduce too.
Change Your Eating Habits
Being pregnant does give women the feeling that they can pretty much eat anything they want and get away with it. As mentioned above, that’s not entirely true, but it can be a habit that is easy to fall into and difficult to pull out of again. To help yourself, try to space your meals out evenly so your energy levels never get a chance to dip and you aren’t tempted to reach for the sugar. Never forget your breakfast either, as this will get your metabolism working early in the day (plus, you’ll feel better for it and more ready to face the day, even if you didn’t sleep too well).