Before I became pregnant with my littlest babe, I was in the best shape of my life. After being over weight for almost 9 years, I had finally lost 60 lbs and found a passion for nutrition and exercise.
Once I announced my pregnancy, my friends tagged me in clips of pregnant women weight lifting, running and doing cardio with the idea that I would continue to do the same. As much as I intended to, medical concerns and pregnancy cravings limited my goals.
My lil one is almost 2 months old now and I’m ready to get back to my pre-pregnancy activities but babies run on their own clock and finding the time to be a new mom and start a weight loss plan is not easy for anyone.
Because now is not the time to start a plan that is complex and time consuming, I’ve come up with some simple tips to get us new mommies started.
5 Tips For Losing Pregnancy Pounds
- Eat Small but Frequent Meals
Under most circumstances, especially if you are breastfeeding, even a doctor will tell you that dieting and calorie restriction is not recommended just yet. Incorporating better foods into your diet while eliminating the junk is the best thing for you.
In between trying to feed and bond with baby, while trying to sleep and live your life, it will be easier to prepare and sit down for 4 or 5 small meals rather than the Big 3. This will also decrease the number of times you need to grab a snack in between your meals.
2. If You Snack, Snack Healthy
Instead of purchasing pre-made snack foods, opt for fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Pre-wash and slice your favorite foods and store them in plastic or glass containers in the fridge making it as easy to grab as packaged snacks.
3. Stay Hydrated
Dehydration is the cause of many common health problems that a new mother doesn’t need. Constipation, headaches, fatigue and digestive issues can stem from a lack of fluids. Not to mention a decrease in your breast milk supply. It is also easy to mistake thirst for hunger resulting in mindless eating that will pack on pounds. Aim for at least 6 to 8 glasses of water throughout the day.
Healthy eating will only take you so far, regular exercise gets you the rest of the way. If it’s not possible for you to go to a gym or exercise solo, utilize your baby. Take a walk or jog with the baby stroller or use the baby as a weight. Either securely in your arms or in a baby carrier, try lunges, squats and stair climbing for a simple indoor workout.
Sleep when the baby sleeps is a phrase we’ve heard a thousand times, but its a lot harder than sounds. Baby free moments are when many moms do errands and household tasks or spend time with older children. Try to have friends and family assist you with the baby or some of your to do list so that you can get in a nap or two during the day.
Whether you have 5 lbs or 20 lbs to lose these simple tips are the best way to start a stress free plan. Even if you have an abundance of support, give yourself a break. Under the best of circumstances, weight never really falls off as easily as it piles on. Remember that losing 1 to 2 lbs a week is the average and healthiest way to sustainable weight loss, so expect it to take a few months to reach your goal.
Wishing you Health and Happiness!