Pregnancy usually comes with an accompanied weight gain. After the baby’s delivery, the nursing mother may opt to lose the weight gained during the pregnancy period. It may be tricky to stick to a dieting plan immediately since, as a nursing mother, you need to produce sufficient milk for the baby. However, the following tips may assist you on how to get slim after pregnancy.
One of the best ways to lose weight after pregnancy is stroller walking. This should especially begin six weeks after the baby’s delivery, a time period which is largely determined by the method of child delivery used. It’s, therefore, essential to seek a doctor’s advice before commencing on any form of exercise. In addition, it is also advisable that you start exercising slowly and opt for the much easier exercises, preferably low-impact activities. As you progress, you can slowly challenge yourself with the high impact exercises while consulting your doctor.
The beauty of stroller walking is that you take your baby with you and, hence, you don’t necessarily have to look for a babysitter while performing this task. You can walk or jog which will help you lose weight accumulated in your midsection. You don’t necessarily have to walk with your stroller either. You can opt to be walking alone to the grocery store or within your neighborhood. You can also opt to pack your car a few blocks away from your workplace and walk the rest of the distance.
Also, learn to use the stairs instead of the elevator. Generally, the trick is to have as much physical activity in your daily routine as possible. Other exercises that can help you are swimming, cycling, yoga and jogging. Some cardiovascular exercises will go a long way in assisting you to shed off some weight. However, the extent to which you take these exercises should be determined by a doctor.
Another way of losing weight is watching what you are eating. However, since you might be breastfeeding, don’t opt for the crash and fad diets. If you are a breast-feeding mother, do not skip meals but opt to eat many “small” healthy meals throughout the day. Consume less fatty foods, especially animal fats.
In their place, opt for low-fat dairy products and avoid sugary products too, especially processed sugar. Animal fats are rich in cholesterol which will only add more weight to your body. On the other hand, eat foods high in dietary fiber as it helps in burning calories. Similarly, consume plenty of fruits and vegetables as they will nourish the body without necessarily adding weight to it. In addition, taking in plenty of fluids keeps the body hydrated and helps in nutrients absorption and fat-burning.
Avoid junk food and fried foods as much as possible. Junk food is low in nutrient content but high in cholesterol. On the other hand, train yourself to control your food cravings and only eat when it’s necessary. If you cannot control the cravings, eat a fruit or something nutritious and low in fat content.
You can also join a fitness program whereby you will get assisted with other best methods to lose weight. A majority of mothers get back into their former shape around the seventh month after delivering a baby. Ensure that you keep yourself healthy for the sake of the baby too; hence do not opt for methods that may put your health and that of the baby at risk.