Pregnancy and childbirth is one of the most magical experiences that happen to a woman. It’s challenging, it’s indulging and life changing even. The challenges and hard work that comes with it is incomparable to the happiness it brings to a woman and her family.
The next challenge a woman faces post birth is dealing with the baby weight. Taking care of the baby is challenging enough but taking care of yourself is important too. But before you think about crash diets or exhausting exercise routines, think about losing the baby weight the healthy way.
Celebrities might look like they called on their fairy god mother after giving birth. Melinda Johnson, MS, RD, registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association (ADA) said: “They do this with very, very strict diets, and a lot of them do it by getting back into activity before their body is really ready for it.”
There are different solutions for different reasons. For these celebrities, obviously their image is a priority. For the regular working woman, it is important to maintain a balance between healthy weight loss and enough rest.
Here are seven proven ways to losing the baby weight the healthy way!
Your new role as a mom is already stressful enough and depriving yourself with the food you crave may just only cause you to gain weight. Going on a deprived form of diet could mess with your post-pregnancy weight loss goals.
During this time as well, when you choose to breastfeed, a deprived diet would also deprive you of the necessary nutrients needed in breastfeeding. Here is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s nutritional guide for breastfeeding women. They also provide a daily checklist or food plan.
Eating what you like will help improve your mood. Just make sure not to overindulge everyday or cut back below 1,800 calories a day. A healthy weight loss routine during post pregnancy is losing no more than one and a half pounds per week.
While you’re breastfeeding, you’re losing weight already. Breastfeeding alone burns 600 to 800 calories a day. This phenomenon happens even when you’re just lying or sitting down. This will demand an extra 500 calories daily as the energy used to produce breast milk consumed by your baby uses up the nutrients in your body.
Once you slowly transition to feeding your baby solids and stop breastfeeding, your calorie needs will drop. This will be the best time to follow a strict diet or else you can put on weight as fast as you lost it while breastfeeding.
With breastfeeding, caring for your baby and taking care of your family and home all at once, hitting the gym can become challenging for your schedule. Instead of seeing this as a roadblock to shedding off the weight, try including your errands and your baby in your exercise routine.
Lift your baby up and down instead of lifting weights. You will not only lose the weight but also have fun with your new baby. You can also try brisk walking or lunges behind the stroller on your way out to get some groceries. James M. Pivarnik, PhD, FACSM, professor of kinesiology and epidemiology at Michigan State University says recommends shooting for at least 150 minutes a week which you can break up into 10-minute increments and then working your way up to 20- or 30-minute sessions.
Exercising and keeping yourself active will help speed up your metabolism and burn off the pounds. Melinda Johnson (ADA) says “Exercise, beyond helping you lose weight, provides so many benefits to a new mom. It helps with depression, it helps with the sleep issue. It helps in relieving stress — and having a new baby in the house can definitely be stressful.”
If you’d like a more structured exercise routine, you can get a personal trainer who is certified in prenatal and postnatal fitness to start you on the right track.
Did you know that sleeping also helps in shedding off the pounds? Not only will you feel regenerated, you will also stay away from any high-calorie, high-sugar binge eating. When you’re sleep deprived, you might tend to rely on sugar for energy.
The changing sleep patterns brought on by a newborn can upset your metabolism and make it hard for you to lose the baby weight. Getting a lot of sleep offsets this changing sleep pattern. When the baby sleeps, make sure you sleep as well to ensure that you avoid a long-term sleep deficit which is the main cause for naughty cravings and unhealthy bingeing.
Be with good company
Surround yourself with new moms with healthy habits. Remember, who you’re with strongly influences your lifestyle and habits, both good and bad. Encourage other mom friends who want to live a more healthy lifestyle to exercise together.
During the weekends, as part of your time off, invite friends over for some healthy cooked meals to laugh, talk and share new stories and tips on coping with family life. There is nothing better than having good time with your best people. It encourages good thoughts and a happy, healthy disposition.
Maintaining a Conscious Figure
If by any chance dealing with baby weight is not so inviting but you still dream of building a family, you can also consider surrogacy. Gestational Surrogacy has grown in popularity among celebrities who are too busy and are bounded with strict contracts on maintaining a figure.
It has also grown in demand after the legalization of gay marriage.