You may be surprised that you still look pregnant even after delivery. Understandably, you just can’t wait to lose those extra kilos, especially your paunch!
Three basic adjustments to your routine will help with overall weight loss, while at the same time, reducing your baby belly, with plenty of time left to spend with your newborn.
To lose weight gained during pregnancy, follow a balanced diet to reduce your tummy. Eating nutrient-dense foods and less fat and calories will help with weight loss and support the nutritional needs of breastfeeding. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables and do avoid junk food. Drink between eight and ten glasses of water per day and never skip meals.
Since your body needs time to recover from labor and birth, consult your doctor before you begin exercising. Start off with stretching and twisting exercises, progressing to a light cardio routine such as walking, cycling or swimming. After a few weeks, abdominal exercises such as sit-ups can be added which will help tone the tummy region. Practicing yoga in the morning is known to be one of the best exercises for weight loss and building strong abdominal muscles.
Having a good night’s sleep is like living in paradise for a new mother. Adequate sleep is known to keep the level of the stress hormones under control. Lack of sleep can also affect your metabolism and your ability to burn calories.
Keep your post-delivery health routine simple and be patient with yourself. It took nine months for you to gain your baby weight so realize that the weight will come off in due course. And, at the same time, enjoy motherhood with your precious little one, the perfect addition to your family!