5 Secrets to Losing the Baby Weight – Fast!

Tips to help get back in shape after pregnancy


 

Getting rid of those post-pregnancy pounds can be challenge but it’s not impossible – especially if you follow these super easy steps to getting your body back.

 

1. Breastfeed

The countless health benefits of breastfeeding are no secret but in addition to lowering your risk for cancer and ensuring your child’s health, breastfeeding will knock off the pounds quickly in the first few weeks. If you’re able to breastfeed, you’ll be amazed by how quickly your body will return to its original shape.

2. Don’t Calorie Count

Especially if you’re breastfeeding your little one, limiting your food intake is not a good idea. It is important to get enough calories in (about 2,000 to 2,200 per day) because breastfeeding can burn up to 1,000 calories per day. Instead of limiting your calories, limit junk food and increase your intake of whole grains and leafy green veggies.

3. Take Baby for a Walk

While strenuous exercise is generally off limits for at least four weeks (up to six weeks for caesarean sections), most women can resume light walks of 30 minutes or less at a leisurely pace sooner than that. With vaginal births, moms can usually start up this light activity within days. Of course, every woman is different so before beginning any type of exercise, always check with your doctor. If you get the OK, put baby in the stroller and take him around the block.

4. Workout Your Whole Body – Not Just Your Tummy

Many women tend to focus on strengthening their abdominal muscles by doing sit-ups. All this will do is tire you out, give little results and make it easier for you to give up the routine altogether. To truly get your belly back in shape, cardio activity for the entire body is important. Strengthening your core means working out from head to toe. Abdominal exercises are great but they should be combined with general exercise, as well. And remember, you don’t need high intensity exercise to see results. Just regular exercise, ideally three times per week.

5. Workout During Pregnancy

If you’re pregnant, look into prenatal yoga courses in your area. This type of exercise will focus on workouts you can do without harming your unborn child and make it much easier for you to shed pounds after the little one arrives. Ideally, working out before and during pregnancy, even if it’s just walking for 30 minutes a few times a week, will make regaining your pre-pregnancy bod much easier.

 

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