Going through pregnancy and childbirth can cause changes to your body, but you don’t have to be stuck with the results. However, a mistake some women make when losing weight after childbirth is judging their bodies according to Hollywood standards. This can lead to unhealthy lifestyle choices. By incorporating a few healthy tweaks into your day, you can regain your pre-baby weight and become stronger – without the stress.
Choose to lose weight and build muscle by leading a healthy lifestyle and focusing on the best way for you to achieve your fitness goals.
Ease Back Into Exercising
According to medical professionals, it is safe to start an exercise routine after about 4-6 weeks after giving birth. However, it’s important to be realistic about how you go about losing weight after childbirth because your body’s gone through a lot of stress and change.
Ease into your previous workout routine instead of jumping in. For instance, if you used to run 4 miles before you were pregnant, try run for one mile and see how you feel. You should slowly work up to your previous routine to regain your fitness levels and lose weight.
Embrace Your Appetite Wisely
A study from Sweden of 68 overweight women who were breastfeeding found that making changes to one’s diet has the biggest influence on weight loss. If you’re breastfeeding and trying to lose weight, you need to keep feeding yourself with nutrients so that your baby will receive healthy milk. In fact, a diet that doesn’t have enough nutrients can make your breastmilk unhealthy while also affecting your health, so get enough calcium from your diet and focus on foods that give you energy while packing a nutrient punch. For instance, fresh produce, some dairy products, whole grains, and nuts.
The bonus is that focusing on healthy foods for you and your baby means you’ll be keeping sugary and processed foods to a minimum, which will help you lose weight.
If you want to add muscle to your body, remember to add some protein to every meal as this is the building block of muscle.
Consider Plastic Surgery For Sagging Skin
Sometimes, despite your best efforts to regain your body, it doesn’t bounce back to what it was like before pregnancy. Cosmetic surgery can help to alleviate problems such as sagging skin around your stomach or droopy breasts. There are many cosmetic surgery options and they don’t have to be invasive. A tummy tuck or breast augmentation, done by a surgeon you can trust, could be the solution you need to give you a mommy makeover. You shouldn’t feel guilty for taking this route. If it’ll boost your self-confidence and improve your life, plastic surgery is worth it. Dr. Berardi of The Plastic Surgeon asserts that surgery can “make you feel young and energetic again”. The removal of saggy skin can help you feel better about your fitness goals too.
Strengthen Your Core
You may not have been able to properly focus on strengthening your core during pregnancy, but now that you’ve given birth and allowed your body some rest, it’s good to do core exercises regularly to tackle the abdominal muscles that have stretched out.
Some useful exercises include abdominal bracing and pelvic tilts.
This is a low-impact exercise that’s easy to do. Lie on your back on the floor and contract your abs. Then, raise one or both arms above your head or extend your legs, all while ensuring your back is flat and straight against the ground.
Pelvic tilts are great for strengthening your abs. Lie flat on your back and bend your knees. Tighten your abs and then tilt your pelvis back, pressing it into the ground. Hold this position for a few seconds, then release.
You might not have time to go to the gym because you’re taking care of your baby, but your baby’s perfect to use as weights! Do lunges while you hold your baby or even when you push your baby’s stroller during a walk. You can also do presses by lying on your back and holding your baby above your chest. These small movements done throughout the day will add up and give you a bit of a workout.
Pregnancy gives you the joy of a baby, but it can also leave you with body issues such as weight gain. By incorporating healthy lifestyle habits such as exercise and diet into your daily routine, you can get fitter and stronger, while boosting your confidence.