Congratulations! You’ve finally made it to the end of your pregnancy that you felt was going to last forever. Now it’s time to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor by enjoying your little one in your arms. The first few weeks, and in some cases, months may feel overwhelming. It may take some adjustment to seeing your new shape, and accepting the changes that your body has gone through as a result of the pregnancy.
However, before you rush into trying to lose the baby weight, it’s important to give yourself the time to get back to good health. Once your doctor feels that you’ve waited long enough to be able to start working out again, then you can start getting your pre-baby body back.
Once you’re given the green light by your doctor, here are some of the best tips for getting your figure back.
Start A Light Impact Exercise
The best way to get back into an exercise program is to gently ease into it. Doing something low-impact like swimming or walking will start to get your muscles warmed up again. Unless you were one of the women who made an effort to continue exercising up until the final moments of your pregnancy, chances are that you may feel a little rusty when it comes to being active. A light impact exercise is the best way to start without rushing and potentially injuring yourself.
Avoid The Scale
Even though you may be curious about how much you weigh, it can be disheartening to weigh yourself too much. Although doctors urge women to gain up to 35 pounds maximum, it’s not always the case. Some women gain much more and may feel like they’ll never be able to get back to a normal size again.
However, obsessing over it isn’t going to do you any good. If you must weigh yourself, only do it once a month. Some specialists say that just as it took you nine months to gain all the baby weight, it will take the same amount of time to lose it again. Be kind to yourself!
Breastfeed If You Can
Although it’s not the case with everyone, some women find that they lose a considerable amount of weight as a result of breastfeeding. For some lucky women, breastfeeding doesn’t just burn off all of the baby weight, but it leaves them even thinner than they were before. By regularly breastfeeding as well as consuming a sensible amount of calories, you should be able to recapture your pre-pregnancy body within a reasonable amount of time.
Some women may not be able to get back to their ideal size for up to several years following the birth of their baby. Be patient with your own individual process, and remember, the most important thing is to focus on the healthy development of your baby.