Motherhood is a complicated time for young mothers. It is divided between the immense joy of being a mother, the fatigue following the sleepless nights, and the extra pounds. Post-pregnancy, every woman often wonders if she will ever regain her figure and shape. Could I tuck into my favourite jeans again? Will my favourite dress always fit me perfectly?
If you’re a new mom and have been asking yourself these questions, don’t you worry! We got in touch with Shivani Sikri, Chief Nutritionist at Nutri4Verve to know how to lose the extra kilos after childbirth naturally and here’s what she had to say…
Your baby starts to cry as soon as you fall asleep and you can’t take it anymore. You are already exhausted, but your baby is still hungry. This could be a drop in hormone levels, lack of sleep, the strain of childbirth, episiotomy, C section, loss of blood during pregnancy, etc. During your early post-partum days, there is nothing you can do about it and this can actually take several weeks. Thus, it is crucial to understand that your body still needs to recover from childbirth. Once you feel better, you can review your diet and possibly consider going on a healthy diet.
Like all women, you have certainly developed the habit of eating more during pregnancy and breastfeeding. You ate for two, as the popular saying goes. And it was also necessary! But now, it is time to revise the quantities down. Take food as you used to eat just before pregnancy came into your life. Concentrate on healthy foods to support your breastfeeding.
Physical activity is essential when you want to take control of your body, especially post-pregnancy. You now have to become a bit sporty even if you were never one. Why? Because sport helps to fight against stress and avoids being tempted to compensate with sweet. Contrary to popular beliefs such as “I am so tired that I do not have enough energy to jog”, know that by doing sports, you will regain tone because physical activity helps to fight against fatigue.
If you don’t feel like going to the pool or to the gym, you can go for a brisk walk by strolling your little one in a stroller at the park. It just needs to get the heart rate up a bit. You can simply find yoga exercise videos, stretching, Pilates, relaxation, abs-glutes, etc. on YouTube and work out while your kid’s napping. In the evening, practise breathing exercises to combat stress and prepare for falling asleep. Expert supervision is always solicited!
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