Written by a contributing writer
When pregnant, our bodies change to cater to the baby's every need. And gaining weight is a given. But a lot of women find it tricky to lose that baby weight afterward, which can really start to get you down and may even affect your self-esteem. But there are a few things you can do to change that. Here are the easiest ways to whip that body back into shape.
Stop eating bad fatty foods
If you haven't already, you should cut out junk food such as burgers, chips, and soda. Instead, fill your diet with things your body needs, like dairy, protein, and vitamins. Fruit and vegetables will never let you down, so pack your fridge full of these. Not only will they get you back on the right track, but they also help fight off nasty diseases, ensuring your body stays as strong as it can be. Don't see this as going on a diet - your body doesn't need to do that. See it as being as healthy and as strong as you can be for you and your little one.
Get up and move
It's very easy to forget about exercising, as you most likely feeling very tired, and the idea of working out is the last thing you want to do. But if exercise is an important factor in staying healthy and feeling re-energized. You don't need to go to the gym for this; you can get a decent workout from the privacy of your own home. Put on some music and dance! When was the last time you got to let your hair down a little? This isn't just cardio - this is therapy! You can even do this your baby; it's a great way to bond, and you'll be having fun.
Sometimes diet and exercise don't get rid of every pocket of fat. No matter how much weight some lose, they still have those areas that just refuse to budge. If you find this to be the issue, weight loss surgery can be considered as a way to tackle this, by removing the fat once and for all.
Exercising is great, but if you don't have the energy to do it - it's just not going to work. So catch up on them z’s whenever possible. If that means napping through the day at any given chance - go for it! You're a mother now, and that can really take its toll on you, mentally and physically. So don't neglect yourself - listen to what your body is telling you it needs. The chances are, it'll just be a good night's sleep.
The biggest thing to remember is staying healthy and keeping your body safe and looked after. Always make sure you speak to your doctor about your thoughts and feelings, as they will be the best people to advise you what is right for you.
*This post is not meant to give medical advice. Please consult a medical professional before starting a new diet/exercise program.