Ok so this post is going to relate to all my readers (yes you men, and of course some women) But I reckon everyone knows someone who is either pregnant, has just given birth, or will do in the future, so read on and you can pass on these tips to them when it’s relevant (and if they ask!) Better still, if they do want advice, get them to subscribe to Fitlass’ blog and they will thank you immensely for it 🙂
Anyway the reason why I decided to write this blog (I’ve never been a mum just an aunty to an army!) because I’ve had a few requests from my readers who have given birth and want to shift that baby bulge – my sister-in-law being one of them and so I wanted to do some research on their behalf (I have my journalistic head on for this one) to help you get on track to a trimmer and healthier you!
Having a baby changes everything. Literally. From your swollen fingers to your expanded feet, pregnancy leaves its mark. But how fast can you really hope to shed the weight?
It took you nine months to get big so it’s going to take a while for you to zip up your jeans comfortably without a hanger. Unless you really do have to get ready for a major event, set a gradual goal for yourself. Breasfeeding moms shouldn’t even think about trying to lose weight for at least two months. If you’ve gained say 30 pounds during your pregnancy, you can lose it safely in four to five months.
Get rid of celebrity pressure.
Celebrities really have a lot to answer for. Just watching the likes of Heidi Klum strutting her derrier in a thong makes new mums’ head straight for the biscuit tin. So you need to start by eliminating the comparisons and set yourself realistic goals.
Your shouldn’t hit the road running right after delivery but most of you don’t have to wait to start with a gentle stroll. A mere 10- 15 minutes of walking will help. Eventually you will be able to go out with other mums’ and turn it into a social event too for longer walks.
Women who breastfeed just naturally lose weight, but don’t rely on this alone to get into your skinny jeans. Although women are advised to add 500 calories to do the job, for some this maybe too much and experts say it’s best to listen to your body and adjust it accordingly.
This is a great form of exercise to begin with. Have a look at the blog post on Getting to the core of it to give you an insight into the importance of pilates. This form of exercise can be done by postnatal women as long as there has been enough healing time from the birth. After giving birth, the abdominal muscles are stretched and have often lost much of their tone. If you’ve had a caesarean section, you might want to consult your doctor to learn when is a safe time to start pilates.
Making calories count
You need to make sure you eat a variety of healthy foods as you’ll need the energy for the little one! Eating lean meats, low-fat dairy, whole grains and veggies will help you slim faster than say a Krispy Kreme! Don’t eliminate any food groups but focus on protein-rich foods and those with calcium.
I’ve heard from numerous new mums’ that they don’t have the time to eat properly but believe you me a little preparation will go a long way. So when the little one is asleep, why not cut some carrots and celery into strips to dip in humus for later? Or prepare the veg so that they ready to be steamed for dinner while the marinated chicken/fish cooks in the oven? Perhaps wash a jacket potato to stick in the oven and heat some beans for a quick snack? Honestly, when you put your mind to it, it really isn’t hard to prepare a quick meal that is healthy and full of nutrients. Remember a little preparation goes a long way.
And lastly, remember to go easy on yourself—the weight will come off eventually. And count yourself lucky, you don’t have to wear thongs in public! Here’s to being a yummy mummy!