All mummies, who already have experience in giving birth will fully understand that post pregnancy feeling of finding it very tough to fit into your jeans that fit oh so well before you were pregnant. Your body will be going through many changes once you give birth. A few weeks after your baby is born will you start to see the change in your appearance. It is advisable to wear pants or shorts with stretchy waistbands. These will be the most comfortable as your belly begins to shrink. On average it takes around 6 weeks to return to your pre pregnancy weight, however everyone is different. It could take even less or even longer than this average of 6 weeks. Most women gain around 10-15 kilos during pregnancy, it is normal to feel overweight and bloated – but you are being gifted with the greatest present of them all. A new child and love in your life. Those mummies who will become mothers for the first time may find it extremely difficult to adjust to these changes. We are here to show you the best 10 ways to fast track your way back to your former pre baby self.
What we must first advise is that you should not worry if you decided to binge eat during pregnancy and put more weight on than you thought you would. Patience is the ultimate key. A healthy diet will allow you to rid you of those extra kilos. Your body needs time to recover after childbirth. If you are breastfeeding, wait until your baby is around 2 months old. Cutting calories may harm your milk supply tremendously.
- Eat small regular meals throughout the day so that this can be easily digestible, even if you are laying around most of the time, this will certainly be of help to you.
- Do your best to avoid sugar, processed foods, and saturated fats.
- Avoid dairy products.
- Increase your fruit and vegetable intake.
- Cut out fried food and move towards more boiled and baked food, as you will be less active due to taking care of your baby, naturally you’ll be sitting down more
- When snacking, go for the healthy option which is packed with protein and fiber. It will keep you full for longer.
- Start of slowing – 15-minute walks in the morning and evening, followed by light stretching.
- As your pelvic area takes some time to recover, its best not to do sit ups and HIIT training such as running, jumping, or dancing.
- Talk to health professionals such as your personal trainer, nutritionist, and doctor to advice what they think the best advice should be.
- Lastly if you had a C-section, it would unfortunately take a little more time to recover as the healing process takes a little longer than normal delivery