Regaining A Pre-Pregnancy Figure the Healthy Way

You have just given birth and are feeling far from toned, out of shape and desperate to get your figure back to its former glory. But you have a beautiful baby that you can’t bare to leave, especially to go to the gym.

There is a great deal of pressure on new mothers to slim down almost seconds after their baby is born, but not only is this unrealistic, it is also seriously bad for your health.

babymumParenthood isn’t about being a skinny Minnie, it is about bringing a new life into the world, doing your best to raise them and, most importantly, to enjoy them; something you can’t do on a treadmill.

When you are pregnant you tend to relax your eating habits, take leisurely shopping trips, enjoy yourself with baby showers from http://www.showermybaby.co.uk and generally have the time of your life before your new arrival. If you slow down and relax during pregnancy, why not do it once the baby has arrived? Of course you can get your figure back, but does there really have to be a rush? You can do it gradually and, most importantly, healthily, so you can get back to being you without sacrificing time with your child or your health.

Women are already under pressure to look good and this doesn’t change after giving birth. The celebrity culture certainly doesn’t help, with A-list mothers pinging back into shape almost as soon as they have given birth and the media making such a huge deal about it. Ordinary mothers are expected to follow suit, with a recent poll revealing that 90% of them feel under pressure to lose weight because of celebrities, although 82% feel celebrity mothers cheat to lose the baby weight.

Your body goes through a lot during pregnancy and childbirth and it needs time to adapt and recover, which is exactly why experts tell you to be healthy when trying to lose the weight. The same poll discovered that 36% of mums skip meals and resort to extreme measures to slim down and this opens up a world of problems, such as fatigue and mood swings, neither of which you need when dealing with a newborn.

Of course, there are healthy ways to drop a few pounds, it may take a little longer but the results will be well worth it…

  • Gentle exercise when you are pregnant will give you a head start in battling the baby weight after birth.
  • Make sure you start off small and easy. Gentle exercises to regain pregnancyexerciseabdominal tone are a great place to start.
  • Pelvic floor muscles should be worked on as soon as possible and they can be done whilst holding or feeding the baby.
  • Try to establish an exercise routine that fits in around the baby, such as a morning of toning exercises.
  • Walking is the best form of exercise and the fresh air is great for the newborn, so put the baby in the pushchair and go for a brisk walk.
  • Your body needs all the nutrients it can get, so don’t skip meals, just make sure your diet is healthy and vitamin rich, steering clear of junk food.
  • If you are breastfeeding you don’t want to reduce your calorie intake, just eat right.
  • The baby can actually help you tone. Lifting, holding and playing with a baby that weighs anywhere between 8-12lbs will help to tone muscles.

 

This article was written by freelance writer and mother of three, Kathryn Thompson.  Follow her on Twitter: @katht35

 

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