Every mum gets worried about losing their pre-pregnancy body, but it’s a natural and beautiful process we all have to accept. Though its unavoidable that your body changes, there are ways to get back into shape (even with newfound stretchmarks) and regain your confidence. Here we list a few simple ways to keep your weight on track.
Workout before pregnancy
In preparation for pregnancy, it’s great to keep your weight in check. By adopting a healthier and more active lifestyle, you will find that pregnancy is easier on you. Having lower fat percentage and a higher muscle mass will lead to lesser unnecessary weight gain during pregnancy and faster weight loss after you give birth. Consult with your physician/OBGYN on what workouts you can do during your first trimester as well. Most active mums can continue working out till the last stages of their pregnancy.
Keeping yourself active during the pregnancy is key. If you’re someone who can’t quite get to the gym, just keep yourself active while going about your daily activities. Choose to walk wherever you can, go out to beaches and parks for long walks and keep yourself on your feet even while at home.
Eat within proportion
It’s common to get many cravings during pregnancy, even for foods that you usually do not like. However, it’s best to keep in mind that you do not actually have to eat for two. Find out how many calories you should eat from your physician (depending on whether you are expecting one, or twins etc) and eat within your daily limit. It’s okay to indulge in cravings once in a while but best not to go overboard.
Breastfeeding is one of the most effective and natural ways to lose weight after giving birth. Not only does it burn a lot of calories to produce your supply, it also shrinks the uterus which leads to your waistline shrinking down. Of course, you still have to be cautious of your daily intake. If you eat any extra meals on top of your 3 balanced meals or have large snacks, you will still see an increase in weight.
Working out postpartum
Most mums are afraid of working out postpartum, but you can slowly ease your way into it. It’s important at this stage to get back into the swing of more activities instead of letting your lowered metabolism slow you down. An easy option to start out with would be post-natal yoga and brisk walks.