Many new moms contemplating post pregnancy weight loss feel a certain urgency around the subject. It is only natural to want to get your old figure back as quickly as possible. While it is certainly a good idea to be in the best shape possible, it is important for new moms to realize that it is not smart to take drastic measures. In this article, we will share some tips on regaining your figure after pregnancy. Read on to learn more.
The first thing you should do is let go of the idea of going on a diet. You need your energy, and depriving yourself of food is not smart. Instead, simply make smart choices in foods. Eat a balanced, whole foods diet that is rich in natural, nutrient filled calories and minimizes or excludes processed foods and artificial ingredients. You can find good guidelines at the USDA My Pyramid website.
Remember that you need foods that have lots of high quality protein and that supply you with the omega 3 fatty acids you need to keep your own body functioning properly and to help your babys central nervous system and brain develop properly if you are breastfeeding. Be sure to eat plenty of beans, legumes, tofu, chicken, fish and/or lean meats (depending upon meat eating or meatless preference). Dairy products are also very important because they supply a lot of easily accessed nutrition.
Remember that breastfeeding consumes calories and nutrients just as pregnancy does. Breastfeeding provides your baby with many benefits in terms of physical, mental and emotional development and bonding with you. Additionally, when you breastfeed, you will naturally lose weight if you also eat a correctly balanced, nutritious diet.
Breastfeeding also drains a great deal of liquid from your system, so be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water to avoid dehydration. Even if you are not breastfeeding, it is important to stay well hydrated when your goal is post pregnancy weight loss. Staying hydrated improves your metabolism and helps wash toxins from your system.
Remember that you will naturally get more exercise simply because you will be carrying your baby around with you. Do not count on this for a full workout, though. Be sure to add a daily walk with baby in a well built running stroller. Get videos of light workouts you can do with your baby to facilitate bonding and help you regain your pre-baby shape. This is especially important if you are not only recovering from pregnancy but also from a Cesarean section.
Make sleep a priority. If baby keeps you up, enlist the help of your partner, a family member or a friend to ensure that you get at least seven hours of sleep within every twenty four hour time span. This is very important because disrupted sleep skews your metabolism and interferes with weight loss. It also causes a rise in the stress hormone, cortisol, which causes retention of belly fat and increases your risk of heart disease.
Even though you may feel very anxious to get on with post pregnancy weight loss, remember that your health and the health of your baby are of the utmost importance. By making wise, patient choices in foods and activities, staying well hydrated and getting ample sleep, you will soon regain your pre-baby figure.