However, for many women, the joyful months following a delivery pose a new challenge: how to lose the baby weight that they gained during their term. In this article I will give you some simple tips to speed up weight loss after pregnancy, some of which many people don’t even know about.
If you want to get back to your pre-pregnancy body, I recommend reading this article through and taking action according to what I teach. Remember, the longer the weight stays on, the harder it will be to lose it.
Breastfeed Your Baby To Lose Weight
Breastfeeding is often underrated. Some women look on it as a chore. Others do it in order to feel connected to their child. Well, the truth is that breastfeeding is considered very healthy for you and your baby. It has been found to reduce the risk of various cancer types for the mother and improve the development of the child.
What breastfeeding may also help you do is lose your baby weight. Research has shown that women who breastfeed their child for 6 months or more tend to lose pregnancy weight faster than women who don’t. You can learn about the various studies here: breastfeeding to lose baby weight.
Unless there is a special reason why you can’t breastfeed your baby, I recommend that you do so. However, for breast feeding to have a noticeable effect on your weight, it has to be done for at least 6 months, so this is a commitmentthat you need to make.
Sleep Your Way Thin
One thing which can help you get rid of the baby fat before your baby turns one is sufficient sleep. Research has shown that new mothers who get more sleep sleep have a greater chance of losing their baby weight within the first year of delivery. Those that don’t are much more likely to retain their pregnancy weight.
I realize that this may be a difficult tip to apply in your life as babies tend to wake their parents up pretty regularly. However, this is precisely where the word parents comes in. Get your husband to tend to the baby in the middle of the night just as often as you do. This will allow you to get more sleep. Check out this article for more about how sleep helps you lose weight.
How much do you need to sleep in order to really see a difference? I imagine that getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night may prove to be challenging with the new baby. This is why I won’t state a specific number. Just get as much sleep as you can.
Having a new baby can be quite stressful, especially if this is your first. You should try to de-stress your life as much as possible as stress can lead you to overeat and has even been linked to increased production of the hormone cortisol which promotes abdominal fat storage.
Get all the help that you need from your spouse, your family, and your friends. Most people love spending time around new babies (they’re cute), so they’ll be glad to help and alleviate some of the stress.
Diet and Fitness
While breastfeeding, sleep, and stress alleviating activities are useful, if you want to lose weight after pregnancy you will need to start a diet and fitness routine to help burn off those pregnancy pounds.
You should consult with a doctor about what you can and cannot do. Your body needs time to recover from delivery so you won’t be able to do rigorous exercises for a few months after you give birth. As long as you breastfeed, you need to make sure that you’re getting enough nutrients as you’re still feeding your baby. So, no crash diets.
So, make sure that you don’t do anything that can hurt you or the baby. Once you know your limits, you will need to start working out regularly, doing both cardio workouts and weight lifting, to help you get back in shape. A good program to use is the Fit Yummy Mummy program which is specifically designed for new mothers.
Start training with low intensity workouts and slowly increase the effort you need to put into them. If you follow a healthy diet plan and train regularly, you can lose the baby weight and get your old body back.
Post pregnancy weight loss does pose some specific challenges. However, you can and should take action to start losing the weight as soon as you can. Just make sure that you don’t do anything that may harm your recovery from the delivery. And, spend lots of time with your baby. I believe this is also something that can boost your health and happiness.