If there is one thing that is true of every kind of pregnancy, it is that those nine months are going to cause some major changes to your body! Women put on quite a bit of weight during their pregnancy, and this is completely normal. But very few ladies want to keep those extra few pounds once they have had their baby.
Do you think it’s high time you worked on your post-pregnancy body and started to get back into shape? If so, here are some awesome tips that can help you do just that!
Did you know that breastfeeding burns a lot of calories? It’s true! Even if you are having trouble getting your baby to latch on, it’s worth expressing some milk into bottles. That way, you are still burning all the calories that you would be if your baby were directly breastfeeding. If you continue to breastfeed or express milk on a daily basis, you can expect to burn around 500 – 700 calories each day!
Slowly Get Into Exercise Again
You might not be able to exercise straight after the birth, but a month or so afterward is the perfect time to get back into it again. There are now lots of online workout programs that are aimed at moms, and you will probably find a lot of gym classes that are specifically aimed at very new moms. Some women find that they can get very sleep deprived with a new baby, and might feel that exercising is a bit too much. But, in actual fact, it can help you to relax and release stress, and it might even help to improve your sleep!
Watch Your Calorie Intake
During your pregnancy, your doctor and midwives would have no doubt encouraged you to increase your daily intake of calories. That’s because your body will have needed a lot more energy to help your baby grow and develop. However, now that you have given birth, you should not keep up this level of calories as it will only cause you to put on excess weight. Make sure you stick to healthy snack choices and don’t overdo it with your portions at meal times.
Meet Up With Other New Moms
If you find it difficult to get fitter on your own, why not work on it with some other new moms? I’m sure most of your new mom friends will want to get fit and healthy again as well! You could team up for fitness classes or go on regular jogs together. Speaking to them is also a great chance to swap your healthy recipe ideas and any other great fitness tips. By sticking together, you will be able to keep one another highly motivated so that you can all reach your fitness goals together as a team!
You don’t have to be stuck with your pregnancy body once the baby is here. There are plenty of steps you can take to get back in shape again. Good luck with your fitness journey!