Pregnancy and motherhood can be a beautiful process. Moms-to-be spend almost 10 months watching their bellies grow and feeling their baby/babies kick. Then the baby is delivered and the new mommies and daddies get to take their little one home. While this is all very sweet and life-changing, moms need to remember to take care of themselves during and after pregnancy.
It is recommended that women, at an average weight, gain between 25-35lbs during their pregnancies. Newborns usually weigh between 6-10lbs when they are born, so there is some extra weight that most mothers are left with after the delivery. So on top of having a new baby at home, moms also may want to think about what they will need to do to get back to their pre-pregnancy weight. *Note: In no way is it to be assumed that new moms are expected to “snap back,” so to speak, quickly after birth. Every woman should follow their own timeline.
Since most women strive to lose some weight a few months after having their baby, losing that baby weight is a common frustration among them. If you follow the suggestions in the following list, you are guaranteed to see results and get back to that pre-baby weight.
- Drink A TON of water – keeping yourself well hydrated throughout the day is so important in weight loss. Most people confuse hunger pangs with thirst. Drink at least 8oz of water before indulging in a snack or meal to curb that hunger. And as a bonus to drinking a lot of water, breastfeeding moms will see a boost in their milk supply!
- Decrease your daily caloric intake – While pregnant, eating extra calories is necessary for the health of the baby. Once that baby is out, though, you have to cut out those additional calories, and then some. This number will be different for each woman, but the enough of a deficit must be created between how many calories are taken in versus how many are burned off.
- Get moving – After getting checked by the doctor, it is a good idea to start exercising again. This doesn’t have to be fancy or intense. Start with walking to get used to moving more, then increase the intensity with weight training or in-home workout videos that can be done while the baby naps. Make it a priority to exercise everyday if possible.
- Set goals – Both short-term and long-term goals can help with staying on track. By charting weight-loss progress and adjusting goals as they are reached, it’s easier to stick with a diet plan. A lot of women give themselves rewards for hitting certain goals, which is helpful in staying focused.
- Include your baby – Is the baby super clingy and not want to be put down? Or is he/she deciding not to nap today? Change around your workouts to accommodate your baby. For walking and jogging, bring baby along for a nice scenic experience. Mommy and me classes are also a great idea to involve your baby, give them attention, while also breaking a sweat.
- Lift weights – Weight training is proven to burn more calories, build muscle and increase overall cardio endurance compared to other types of exercise. I would recommend using some accessories thought to make sure you don’t injure yourself during your workouts. I love using wrist wraps from Essential Fitness, the main reason being they have been voted the best wrist wraps of 2017. I would also go for a pair of knee wraps also to help keep your knees from bothering you from squats and other exercises.
Those are just a few suggestions to get started with trying to get rid of that stubborn baby weight. Remember to take it slow, be patient, and be consistent.