How to Manage Your Weight After Pregnancy

Manage Your Weight after Pregnancy

After the pregnancy is over, and your beautiful new baby is in the world, it’s hard to manage your weight. You want to lose some of the baby fat you’ve put on, but still maintain a healthy lifestyle. Managing your weight is actually a lot easier than you might think after a pregnancy. So here are a few tips to do it!

Breastfeed your Baby (Or use a Breast Pump)

A quick way to get rid of some of the extra baby fat, and maintain a healthy weight, is breast feeding your baby. If you’re not into breast feeding, it’s recommended you use a breast pump instead. Breastfeeding burns roughly 300 to 600 calories, so it makes it a lot easier on you on maintaining your weight. Those are calorie you never have to work off, but just feed your baby! Working out can actually cause a buildup of acid, which can make your baby fussy when they eat.

Healthy Diet

Another excellent way to maintain your weight is to have a healthy diet. This means plenty of fruits, vegetables, and plenty of whole grains. Calcium and protein will also help you since they make you feel full faster. Also, be sure that you’re eating enough for not only you but your baby if you’re breastfeeding them. You want to make sure you’re getting plenty of nutrients a day to make sure you have the energy to be an amazing mom. A healthy diet will also help you to not burn out when taking care of your baby. While the first couple of months are exhausting, a healthy diet will at least go towards keeping you energized.

Walking (or Jogging)

Need another excellent way to maintain your body weight? Doing a lot of walking or jogging can help you to manager your weight. Not only do you get to move around, but it also gives you a chance to burn off some of the stress of having a new baby around. Taking a stroll for twenty minutes to half an hour will allow you to boost your metabolism up. This in turn will help to give you a little boost of energy too. The first year of having a baby can be very stressful, and escaping for half an hour will do wonders to help you maintain not only your physical health, but also your mental health.

Managing your weight after your pregnancy can seem tough. There are many small details you have to take into account along with making sure you stay healthy. If you’re stressed out and tired, consider taking a short walk to calm your nerves. It also helps to do some light exercise such as yoga or stretches which can also help you to manage your weight. Also, be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water after you pregnancy. Water will help you keep your energy up and not feel exhausted throughout the day. We hope these tips help you!

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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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