Losing Pregnancy Pounds: How to Get Back Your Body
I love the end result of pregnancy. Holding that little baby in my arms and knowing that he or she is mine to love and nurture has to be one of the best feelings in the world. However, pregnancy itself was never my favorite. I would feel nauseous and sick until I ate, which meant I was basically eating all the time. That all added up to a 50 pound weight gain in both of my pregnancies. I struggled to lose the weight after my first child. With my second, I was more prepared and was able to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight in only six months. How did I do it? The following tips worked for me.
Breastfeeding is a personal choice, and no woman should feel obligated to feed their baby in this manner. However, mother’s milk is recognized as being the best for the baby, and it is a great way to slim down in the early months of pregnancy! With no other interventions, I lost 30 pounds in three months after my second child. All I did was breastfeeding her. I thought the weight would keep coming off, but I everything slowed down at that 30 pound mark. Therefore, I knew I had to do a little more.
With two young children, I knew that going to the gym was out of the question. I’d never been a runner, and the baby was too young to sit in the jogging stroller. Therefore, I decided to walk. I invested in a pedometer and spent a week tracking how many steps I took in a day on average. I then decided to try and double that. I got my steps in by going on walks with the kids and even just moving around more in the house when I knew my steps were low. While the weight did not fly off, it did come off consistently, and I lost ten more pounds in about six weeks. Still, I had a little more to go.
When you are breastfeeding, you need to make sure you get adequate nutrition. Therefore, dieting was out of the question. However, I knew I could make smarter food choices, and I started with breakfast. I usually grabbed whatever was quickest, indulging in a bagel or a poptart. I decided to start my mornings off with smoothies instead, knowing I could also give them to my son. My favorite was low-fat yogurt mixed with frozen strawberries, banana and a little orange juice. It was a great way to get the day started! I made small changes at each meal, and again, the weight slowly came off until I reached my goal.
Losing pregnancy weight is not easy, but it can be done. Breastfeed if you can, move around more than normal and make small changes to your diet. Before you know it, you will look great and feel better about yourself too!
We hope that these tips will help you to lose your pregnancy pounds very soon. If you are looking for some effective workouts that were designed especially for women after pregnancy, then the video below can also be useful for you…
All the best!