Congratulations, you had a baby! Now, get back in shape! That’s the message that many new moms feel after giving birth, and there can be some big pressure to get back to your post-pregnancy size.
So, how do you know what to do? What are the best ways to lose post pregnancy weight? Here are the top five tips from Babyresource.com that you need to know for getting your hot body back.
Tip #1: Get Up And Move!
For most women, being able to get out and about after a pregnancy is a welcome change, especially if the pregnancy was a rough one, or if the mom was on bed rest. Just getting out of the house and pushing a stroller or carrying your baby in a sling a few days a week will usually be enough to get your metabolism moving in the right direction.
So, get up, get out, and enjoy the fresh air with your little one- it will be good for both of you! Make sure to clear your exercise routine with your doctor before beginning. Most moms should be good to go after six weeks, however, if you had complications like a c-section, you might need to wait a little longer.
Tip #2: Breastfeeding!
Breastfeeding is a win/win deal! It not only feeds and nourishes your little one in the best way possible, it also helps new moms to burn calories and shed baby weight! Breastfeeding burns an average of 600 to 800 calories per day, and that is if you are not doing any other exercise at all!
While breastfeeding moms will need to consume a few more calories, they definitely burn them off quickly as well. Many moms even report going below their pre-pregnancy weight while breastfeeding! It’s the “real” natural weight loss cure!
Tip #3: No Diets
Yes, you read that right. The best way to lose weight after having a baby is NOT to go on a diet. That is, don’t be restrictive, don’t crash diet, and don’t go for a fad “cabbage and cookies” diet. Especially if you are breastfeeding, the best way to shed pounds is simply by eating a well balanced and healthy diet, and watching your portions.
This way, you are nourishing your body, (and your baby’s too, if you are breastfeeding), making sure you are as healthy as possible, feeling as great as possible, and shedding pounds in the process. What’s not to love? However, it is important to watch your calorie intake, and never go below 1800, especially if you are breastfeeding.
Tip #4: Hydrate
We all know how important getting enough water is, but for new moms, it’s even more important. Staying hydrated can keep your energy up, which is all too important when you have a new baby on your hands, and can boost your metabolism as well.
Drinking water can also quench your cravings, and can make you less likely to snack on unhealthy foods. Keep an eye on your water intake during the day. Eight glasses has been the goal for a long time, but just try as hard as you can to get as close as possible to that goal.
Yeah, this one is probably pretty funny if you are already surviving on 2-3 hours of sleep a night, but don’t forget how important sleep is to your metabolism and your weight loss. Studies have shown that new moms who get at least seven hours of sleep lose their baby weight faster than new moms who get less than five hours of sleep.
Try to nap when your baby naps, and enlist friends and family to help you get as much rest as possible. When you’re tired, you are less likely to make healthy food choices, and less likely to exercise, so make sure to get as much sleep as possible!