Post pregnancy belly can be the worse. Let’s analyze this for a second. You get pregnant. You walk around for nine months carrying your little precious one. You’ve had to buy new clothes every couple of months because your belly just keeps getting bigger and bigger. You crave all types of things. You want ice cream with popcorn on the side. You may want some grapes with your orange juice in the morning. You may even want a steak but you rather pair it with collard greens and corn on the cob. The combinations don’t make any sense, but all you know is that you want it and it will be tasty if you get it just right. You’re not thinking about your belly after the baby comes. You are thinking about delivering a healthy baby right now. What most women fail to take into consideration that although you are pregnant, you can’t use that as an excuse to eat anything you want. The idea of “I’m eating for two” is true but you’re not eating for two adults. Being pregnant is not a reason to overeat. It is a reason to eat healthy and eat enough to provide nutrition to both you and your child. Everything you eat and everything you go through and feel your child feels and consumes as well. Keep that in mind, always.
Also keep in mind, that once the baby has been delivered, you are left with you. You are left with any additional weight gain and you are left with the dreaded post pregnancy belly. So how do you get rid of the post pregnancy belly? I’m here to help. Check out these tips and you’ll be on your way to pre-pregnancy belly or even better, in no time.
Tip #1 Breast Feed. Yep, you’ve got it. Breastfeeding is the magic trick. How you ask? Here goes. Breast feeding is not only good nutritional value for the baby but it also has some wonderful benefits for the mother. Breastfeed can help you lose that post pregnancy belly because you burn more calories when you breastfeed. Your body literally works overtime to produce enough breast milk to satisfy your infant. As long as you are drinking plenty of fluids and pumping frequently, you will see your milk supply increase. There are teas and foods that you can eat to help increase milk supply as well. The more you breastfeed your infant the more calories your body will burn. Your body is working overtime to take care of that little one and when your infant gets a chance to feed, he/she will feed until they are satisfied. Just think, your baby is helping you to burn calories and at the same time you are protecting your little from getting sick as easily and you are keeping them fed and full of wonderful nutrition.
Tip#2 Moderate Workouts. Taking a job in the morning for at least 45minutes to an hour will help to jumpstart your body for the day. Have a banana just before you go to further energize you and you will feel great. You have to keep moving. Your infant is going to have you up all times of night, so you will need to energy to keep going. Put your infant in the stroller and start jogging. This is good movement for your infant as well. Just because you just had a baby, it doesn’t mean that you can’t find time to work out. Take them with you on strolls. They have jogger strollers designed for workout moms. You can keep fit and care for your child all at the same time. You may run into a challenge of finding 45minutes all together to workout. No problem. Break your work out up. You may only have time for 15 minutes in the morning, then that’s okay. You can do 15 minutes at lunch and then you can eve do 15 minutes in the early afternoon. There are ways to get a 45 minute workout in your day. You can do it.
Tip #3 Water, Water, Water. Water actually helps to speed up your metabolism. If you speed up your metabolism, you are able to burn more calories, thus losing a couple of pounds here and there. If you are breast feeding, imagine the double benefits you will get from drinking a lot of water. You are able to produce more milk, therefore your baby can feed as often as they require. When you breastfeed you burn calories so you doubling the action here by intaking more water. There’s a dual benefit. You will use the bathroom more often and this may be annoying, but it’s worth it. It means you are doing something right and increasing your metabolism can help greatly in weight loss.
Tip#4 Eat well. Most people think that you need to diet in order to lose weight, which is not true. You need to just eat the right combinations and types of foods. Don’t neglect yourself of foods that you like. Moderation is the key and substitution is the trick. If you like chocolate, cool, have some chocolate. But instead of having a Twix have some dark chocolate chunks that are mixed with healthy nuts and dried cherries. Have it in moderation and it serves the same purpose. You’ve just chosen a more nutritional option that serves your body and your baby better. Add fish to your diet. Salmon is a great option because it’s high in DHA which is great for your baby’s brain and nervous system development. Lean meats are also good for you as well with leafy vegetables. You can even have brown rice in moderation. Eating well can be fun and nutritional at the same time. You just need to educate yourself on the types of foods that are going to give you the best results.
Post pregnancy belly can be a drag—only if you let it. It doesn’t have to be. You can lose your post pregnancy belly by following the tips above and remaining consistent. You benefit you and your baby all at the same time. It sounds like a win win situation worth trying. Start your journey toward losing your post pregnancy belly, you’ll be happy that you did.