I know your whole body changes shape and size when your pregnant, and everyone is different. But I’m starting feel pretty rubbish out my body. It’s strange, but when I was pregnant, I was really confident with the way I looked. I guess because you have a belly for a reason..but now it’s kind of like a deflated balloon..and I think as the new year approaches, it’s time I do something about it.
There are lots of tips, tricks, exercises and diet programs out there for losing weight. Believe me when I say I have tried everything. Admittedly I struggle with motivation to do it by the book. So I think I’m just going to take things a step at a time.
There are specific things that new Mums can do to help shift that baby weight. It’s important to remember that the first six weeks should be spent resting the body. Nothing strenuous (looking after a baby is strenuous enough!), or exhausting. But new Mums should definitely be active in a gentle way. As your internal organs return to their natural positions, you should be stretching and moving gently. This keeps everything flexible as the pregnancy hormones wear off. If only I knew this earlier on! I find my core muscles are completely shot.. And I get really bad back ache, at the end of the day. Especially if I have done lots of walking or cleaning.
Breastfeeding is thought to be one of the best ways to burn off extra fat. But you need to ensure the baby is adequately nourished. In my mind, this surely leads to us eating more! Still, if it works, then that’s awesome. Walking is supposed to be another excellent way to regain the strength in your legs and burn some calories.
I’m not fond of being out in the rain, but if you’re going to take walking seriously, I guess you’re going to have to. There are pushchair raincovers to protect your little one. You might even upgrade your pram to one of those joggers eventually if you used to like running. When it’s really cold, you can add extra blankets to the pushchair to keep the baby warm. It’s good for them to get plenty of fresh air too. And if they’re sleeping, we’re relaxing. Apparently, relaxing and sleeping are both good ways to lose more weight.
I really love my food. Restricting my diet in any way just isn’t for me. But if I’m eating more than I can burn off then weight loss just isn’t going to happen. And when you’re a new Mum, it’s really hard to find the energy to shop and cook something healthy anyway. Convenience becomes the new buzzword for all Mums. Life needs to be simple and easy, and so does the food. Batch cook foods to help you keep on track and make your life easier.
My plan is to introduce a habit each month. That way I don’t overwhelm myself too early on and fail… Here’s to a great 2016!