Get Your Pre-Pregnancy Body Back Using These Tips
Having kids can put too much pressure on women. One of the pressures we want to talk about is body shape and weight gain. Body goes through a lot to make that lovely human being. So by just looking at your precious little one you can relax yourself that it was all worth it. But you don’t need to give up your pre-pregnancy body and the idea of a fit mom by having kids. You can become fit and gain your body back. It took you nine month to get there. You need to give your body some time to get back to the shape again. The more fitter you are before pregnancy the easier you get to your pre-pregnancy weight.
First you need to make yourself mentally ready. Don’t look at Hollywood and magazine photos and new moms with perfect body. Besides having lots of photoshop being done on the photos you don’t know how much they have put themselves and their babies’s health at risk to stay in shape and quickly get back to pre-pregnancy body after delivery. As Melinda Johnson, MS, RD, registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association (ADA) mentions about magazines and photos of these moms: “They do this with very, very strict diets, and a lot of them do it by getting back into activity before their body is really ready for it.”
Also this comparison photos of Anna Strode, Instagram mom shows how you can change your photos even without photoshop by just few tricks of camera angle and holding your baby to cover your belly.
Ok so this is what I what I want YOU to do the next time your scrolling and see what you think is the 'ultimate postpartum bod'. I need you to REMEMBER this… it's a HIGHLIGHT real. The reality is that behind every "perfect" picture there's a whole camera roll of photos that didn't make the cut! Social media is a great tool because it can keep us motivated and accountable but the down side to it is it can make us feel like damn crap too! Guess what! I'm just like you!! When I scroll my feed – I compare… And comparison is a real bitch of a thing – especially when what your comparing it to what is often just a REALLY good photo with the perfect angle and spot on lighting. See the LEFT picture above? That's the picture I captured and thought 'oh yep I could use that for a post later today. See the RIGHT one? Yea, well my first thought was 'ah yep definitely NOT Insta worthy' but then I realised there's an important message in this and even though it makes me vulnerable – I knew I needed to share both. Why?! Well because while you're sitting in your pj's with unwashed hair, last weeks flakey tan, baby vomit on your shoulder and a cold cup of coffee in your hand – and you stop bang on a picture of the most perfect sun kissed, glowing, beautifully blow dried hair, rig a dig dig mama and you start thinking 'why the hell don't I look like that?!' GUESS WHAT… that chick you're looking at ~ yea, she's a babe (ALL mamas are – including YOU) but that pic – that's the BEST one from her camera roll, because this is her HIGHLIGHT real and I bet you 1000 bucks it took her a good 10 minutes and 100 pics that went straight to the recycle bin before she got the one she deemed 'good' enough to share 😉✨ #postpartum #pregnancyexercise #mumlife #mummyblogger #fitmum #fitmom #realmum #fitpregnancy
So make yourself ready mentally to accept the weight gain that comes with pregnancy and strongly believe that you will get fit in the best healthy way.
Don’t go on diet. Diet add even more stress to your body on top of all the other stresses of becoming a new mom. Stress causes more weight gain. Instead eat healthy, relax and enjoy your time with your baby. Breast feeding burns lots of calories. Eating healthy food and breast feed can quickly cause drops in weight and burning fat.
Prepare food when you have time. It is hard to prepare food when you are busy with the baby. So whenever you have the time prepare snacks and foods and store them in fridge and freezer for when you don’t have time. This prevents you from eating junk food.
Drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated. The color of your urine can say if you are drinking enough water.The color should be clear to light yellow.
Don’t over eat. While breast feeding burns lots of calories you need to see how much calories your body is burning to adjust your calorie intake. One way is to use a calculator to calculate your calorie intake. Or simply watch your weight. If you are dropping too much weight it means you need to eat more, and if you are adding weight it means you need to eat less as you are eating more than what you are burning. Always consult with your doctor to find the best way to balance your calorie intake in a way that doesn’t put your health and your baby’s growth at risk.
Move a lot. You can add to your activities. As soon as your doctor gives you an ok for doing workouts you can add some strength exercises to your daily activities. You can start light and add to the intensity of the workouts gradually week by week. Put your baby in the stroller and walk. Walking is great for fat burning.
You can watch Anna Strode, Instagram mom, on getting ideas on how to incorporate more activity and workouts into your days while being a full time mom.
Exercise to the rescue this week ✨💦 I've been EXHAUSTED and mentally and physically drained so it's been quick little bursts like this that have got me through what has been 'one of those weeks…' I'm not going to lie – it's been TOUGH fitting in exercise since Madi arrived. With the boys when were having a rotten week like this one I could put them in the pram and run which not only calmed them but I think really helped me lose the baby weight after having them. Now with so many babes 😂 and no triple pram, my progress has been MUCH slower! I look back at photos of me 6 months postpartum with the twins and think 😮 how did I do that?! But each pregnancy is different and your recovery will differ also. And even though sometimes I think 'shivers I wish I could lose it as quick as last time' I'm coaching myself to be TOTALLY OK with it taking a little longer this time ❤️️😊 Keeping my mind positive by moving my body is first and foremost my main objective ✨ Any other mamas find it harder getting back into shape after your second pregnancy?! 💕 don't stress if it is a little harder – time and consistency will get us there 😊😘 #homeexercises #fitmomsofig #fitmum #workout #igfitness #girlyexercises #postpartum
The washing workout… 💁 Anyone else struggling to fit in their workouts with Christmas just around the corner?! It's a FULL on gig being mum, let alone having to be SANTA as well 🎅✨I can't believe how fast the days are flying by, like seriously where did 2017 go?! I feel like I blinked and it's over ⚡️😳 how is my baby almost 6 months old?! Didn't I just give birth like, yesterday?!?! Amongst all the Christmas chaos I've still been trying to get my exercise in when I can, but sometimes it looks like this ☝️️because well, unfortunately Santa hasn't been kind enough to bring me a house maid this year… bummer, maybe next year?! #InMyDreams Who else is so excited for Christmas?! I feel like this is the first year the boys really know what's going on. I feel like a kid all over again 😍❤️#fitmom #fitmomsofig #homeexercises #homesquats #fitgirlsworldwide #homeworkout #fitgirlsguide
Sleep well. Sleeping not only makes you calm and takes the stress away from your body it also helps in fat burning. Most of Fat burning happens when you are deep sleep. Also the fact that in takes stress away from your body helps a lot in fat burning as stress releases hormone cortisol which links to body fat storage. Stress also makes you eat more. If you eat more calories than you burn you will store that excess calorie as fat. So make sure you sleep enough and you are relaxed at all times.