It’s natural to want your body after pregnancy to bounce back to before, but it’s important to lose weight the healthy way. Here are some bits of advice and tips for weight loss after baby from mom’s who’ve been there.
Your Body After Pregnancy Plan
You’ve had your baby and you are already wondering how you are going to get back into shape with this sweet bundle attached to your hip and no sleep. Rest assured that it can be done with a few simple steps.
Drink lots of water: This is the perfect time to get a great water bottle and make it your best friend! If you are nursing or not, staying hydrated helps to keep your appetite in check too! Take your body weight, divide it in half, and shoot for that number in ounces each day.
Take that Stroller for a Ride: My stroller and I became best friends. It was such a great way to have some fresh air, soothe the kiddo, and get some exercise in. Start with walking. Then add in some hills for a killer glute workout. And if you are ready to push it, start jogging!
Smoothies!: Smoothies and meal replacement shakes were my best friend! Simple, clean, on-the-go, and something that you can eat while baby eats? YES, Please! I loved a meal replacement shake because it kept the nutrients up (another bonus while nursing) while keeping the calories in check. Also, adding things like electrolyte powder to the smoothie can help replace the lost nutrients and keep me hydrated, you can buy these from places like Magnak. The less I had to think about, the better!
HIIT Workouts: I don’t know about you, but when I became a mom, my time suddenly got swallowed up by a tiny little human being that depended on me for everything, and I didn’t have time for a 90-minute workout, or the 2 a day before bikini season. The HIIT workout (high intensity interval training) was my saviour. If I could make it to the gym, BONUS! That just gave me extra time for a shower. And if not, I could at least sneak in a quick home workout with some burpees and fix tight hip flexors while baby had tummy-time.
DON’T BUY IT: Keep the junk food out of the house. Just don’t buy it. Keep your fridge and pantry stocked with quick and nutritious snacks like fruit, string cheese, yogurt cups, and protein bars. If you don’t see it, it won’t exist.
Have Patience with yourself: It took 9 months to put on the weight and while for some, it might not take the full 9 to take off, it may take a little bit longer for others. Every body is different and will respond differently. But also, if you had cheerios and wine for dinner one night or went on a total binder because your babe is going through a growth spurt too, just relax and take it easy on yourself. Have patience and keep going.
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