How to Control Your Weight After Pregnancy

Pregnancy

 

You’ve had your baby and you adore her.  You’re settling into being first-time mom and dealing with all of your baby’s needs.

But what about your needs?  If you gained the 25 to 35 pounds your doctor advised would happen, you should be able to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight within a couple of months.

If you were overweight at the time you got pregnant or put on more weight than you expected, it could take a while for you to get the extra weight off.

Here are some ideas to help you get back on your weight loss track safely.

Don’t Look at the Magazines

How many times have we picked up a magazine and seen some celebrity who has taken off all her baby weight in two weeks?  Obviously, that’s an exaggeration but it does seem like they take the weight off a whole lot faster than we do.

What’s the secret?

Their contracts.  Many celebrities are contracted to look a particular way and, so, the networks and movie studios make sure that they are knocking themselves out with a personal trainer and a very limited diet.

Don’t Diet

That may sound a little odd but going on a “diet” could actually set you back.  You’re already carrying some stress as a new mother and depriving yourself is going to make you feel worse.

Go back to eating the healthy foods you love and only eat when you’re hungry instead of when you’re stressed out.

If you’re breast feeding, try not to go below 1800 calories a day so you you have enough energy to produce milk for your child.

Max Out Your Nutrition

As a mom, you need maximum nutrition especially if you’re breast feeding.  Make sure to get plenty of omega-3 fatty acid fish to help your baby develop a healthy brain and nervous system.

Milk and yogurt are also great because they’re high in calcium and will keep your bones nice and strong.  Lean meat, chicken and beans are low fat and high fiber and protein.

Hydration

Don’t forget to drink lots of water during the day.  Not only do you need the extra hydration but it also helps you feel fuller.

At this point, don’t worry about the traditional eight glasses a day but, instead, use the color of your urine as a guide.  If you’re drinking enough, your urine should be just about clear.

Exercise

Right after you’ve had your child, you will be tired.  But this doesn’t mean you should be a couch potato.

Get the baby in a stroller and take a walk around the block.  Burn some calories and build those muscles by lifting some weights.

Sleep

It’s true, you won’t get the full 8 hours of sleep you normally got before the baby for a while.  The good advice of “sleep when your baby sleeps” we’ll help you bounce back in the energy department and will keep you going strong.

 

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