Getting Back in Shape after Having a Baby
Pregnancy makes a lot of changes to your body, especially from a hormonal perspective. The emotions go crazy and you don’t recognize yourself at times, but the most obvious change is the shape of the body. During pregnancy you gain some weight (specialists say that you should put at least an extra 25-35 pounds), but some moms really let themselves go by thinking that they are “eating for 2”. In reality, getting too much extra weight can be dangerous for the health of the mother and the baby. So, after you had your baby, you will most likely want to get back in shape, at least the one you had before you started growing your bundle of love inside of you. But you are probably wondering how to do that and when to start, so here are a few tips that might come in handy at some point.
Take it easy
First of all, you should know that having a baby is a traumatic experience for your body and you should let it heal before anything else. Also, it is easier to start exercising if you have been doing it already before and during pregnancy, because your body is already accustomed with the effort. However, starting right away might not be the best idea. Specialists recommend to begin by just walking and then progressively start with easy exercises after the first month or so.
Losing weight while breastfeeding has not been proven yet, but there are some moms that claim this helped a lot. The truth is that it takes a significant amount of energy to produce milk and nurse, so your body will burn some serios calories. However, this doesn’t mean that you don’t need to take care of your body anymore. The good news is you can diet while nursing, as long as you don’t go extreme on it and start altering your food habits slowly.
Exercising and diet
All the things you need to do in order to regain the previous shape of your body have to be done by sticking to a plan. According to pink mole blog, you should have realistic goals and stay true to yourself if you want to have the results you expect. So, you should have an exercising and a food plan and, if it helps, you can keep a journal about what you did each day. The most important thing is to have patience and motivation because nothing is going to change overnight and, as they say, it takes 9 months to do, 9 months to undo.
After having a baby, time can really be a big issue, especially if you used to be a couch potato previously. You should know that, as hard as it might sound, it is possible to juggle with the baby needs and the momma needs at the same time. One of the golden rules when taking care of an infant is “sleep whenever the baby is asleep”, but that is not very productive and if you only rely on this you won’t get anything done. This is why you need a strict plan even though that means you need to sacrifice a few hours a week for that.