I think society puts a lot of pressure on moms to lose weight after having a baby. We see all these celebs having there babies on a Friday and they have abs on Monday. My pregnancy weight at the end of my 37 week pregnancy was....
280 lbs, which is the first photo you see above. The middle photo was me 2 weeks later at 267 lbs, and the third photo 4 weeks at 246 lbs [Click to see my progress now]. For me what is most important is just to feel good in my skin. Especially if you are breastfeeding you have to be mindful of the things you eat for nutrients for your baby! You don't want to lose your milk supply all because you are starving yourself to lose weight. And who needs all that added pressure? You are adjusting to so many things and your sleep deprived. At the end of the day in the first 3 months of your babies life do you want abs for sleep? LOL!! That is a real question! I have enjoying my time as a new mom and just feeling good in my skin while feeding my body the things both me and my baby need. Here are 5 healthy tips for losing weight after having your baby.
Tip #1: Get Up and Move
Like I said we are too sleep deprived to be worrying about making time for the gym. Our bodies aren't ready for too much especially if you had a c-section. Walk around the block a few times. Walk to your tolerance, don't push too hard, but if your feeling good and you feel good enough to walk farther than go for it. After your six week checkup and you are cleared, get in about 20-30 minutes of cardio 3 times as week. Take the baby out with the stroller while you are getting in your cardio. Fresh air and sunlight are good for them.
Tip #2: Breastfeeding
When you are breastfeeding you need an extra 500 calories a day, or about 2,700 total. And guess what mommies? Breastfeeding burns 600 to 800 calories a day. Some lucky moms can drop all of there body weight just by breastfeeding. No seriously, so I've been told, clearly is not me, lol! So as long as you are breastfeeding you can burn those extra baby calories. And for those times where I had to be on the go I used my Medela Pump and Style Advanced Breast Pump definitely a MUST HAVE for new moms.
Tip #3: Regular Workouts
Weight training can go a long way and speed up your metabolism. Now you don't have to go to the gym for this. You can use items around your home as well as incorporating your baby into the routine. You can do lunges while holding on to the back of the stroller or hold you baby to your chest. You can lie on your back and do chests press with your baby as well as ab twisters, moving baby from side to side. There are several workout tutorials exercise training with your baby on pinterest and the internet.
Tip #4: Watch Calories and Bad Fats
Feel your belly with nutrient-rich foods containing lean protein, whole grains, veggies, low-fat dairy, fresh fruits and plenty of water. DO NOT go on a diet after giving birth! Your body is working to repair itself first, so it's important that you give it what it needs. Focus on eating small, frequent meals through the day. Stay away from the temptations of sugar. I know that can be difficult, but you must try ladies! You don't want your sugar levels to go crazy. Also foods high in fiber will get you help you stay fuller longer and help with digestion and regularity.
Tip #5: Healthy Dietary Supplements
So this was something I researched with my first pregnancy. I was unable to breast feed my first son and I packed on the pounds but I did not have the extra time to go to the gym. So I began using healthy planet based products by It Works to help me lose weight, and it was amazing! So I knew for certain the second time around I would adopted the same habit. I absolutely love the Protein Shake and Greens. There are different flavors of both products, however my favorites were the berry and chocolate. The Greens not only helped give me my daily servings of fruits and veggies (because who has time to cut fruits and veggies everyday with an infant, HELLO!) but also helped with my mood and energy, it contains Matcha Tea so it helps burn belly fat (Praise the Lord) and it helped increase my milk supply. If your interested in knowing more about the products I used lets chat, I would love to help.