How to Lose That Baby Weight
Before you were a mom, your tight, toned body looked perfect in everything from skinny jeans to tank tops. Now you have to hide your stomach’s flabby pouch – which is large enough to house a baby kangaroo, just for the record – under baggy sweat pants and hoodies. You aren’t alone – not that hearing that cheers you up or makes you magically skinny again.
After the baby arrives, many new moms find themselves reminiscing about the slim, toned stomach they once had. Don’t rush to the gym days after you give birth, though — wait until your health care provider says it’s safe to resume your workout routine. Recovery times vary drastically and depend on whether you had a vaginal birth or a C-section, as well as the severity of any complications that occurred during the delivery.
TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR
There’s a good reason your doctor makes the big bucks: He knows what he’s doing. It’s tempting to jump right back into your regular workout routine, but don’t even think about it. Trust us on this one.
Your doctor will request to see you anywhere from two to six weeks after you deliver your precious little bundle of joy. Do not cancel your appointment, no matter how sleep-deprived or cranky you are. When you arrive, discuss your weight loss goals with your ob/gyn or one of the nurses. Ask him which exercises, if any, are safe for your healing body. He can offer customized weight loss information and review any potential risks associated with a postpartum workout routine.
FOLLOW A HEALTHY DIET
It seems like the Food Pyramid changes every five minutes – in fact, now folks refer to it as “My Plate”. With that in mind, you may not even know what healthy food is anymore. That’s okay – Xobebe’s got your back.
Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, substituting frozen and canned foods when fresh produce is not an option. Keep in mind that canned and frozen produce is more likely to contain massive amounts of sodium and fatty sauces, so read nutrition labels carefully. Don’t be afraid to be that crazy lady at the grocery store who picks up every single can of food and stares at the nutrition label intently. Do you ever notice that woman is always skinny?
Anyway, let’s not get sidetracked here. Most produce contains a small to moderate amount of fat and calories, making it an ideal choice for any postpartum mom who dreams of a tiny tummy. Lean meats, low-calorie dairy products and whole grains are other healthy options.
Oh, and don’t forget to drink plenty of water! If you hate water, opt for orange juice, unsweetened tea, or anything other than soda. Yes, that includes diet soda. Say it with us: Diet soda is NOT healthy.
WEAR CUTE, COMFORTABLE CLOTHES
Wear clothes that feel — and look — good when you exercise. Nothing kills a workout like painful blisters from tight tennis shoes or underwear lodged in your bottom, courtesy of a pair of ill-fitting yoga pants. And let’s not even talk about those ugly, too-tight sports bras that smash your girls deep down into your chest.
So go ahead and buy that hot pink workout hoodie – and those overpriced super trendy athletic shoes. Heck, you may as well get that lime green sports bra, too. The right workout outfit just might motivate you to get moving on days when exercising is the absolute last thing you want to do.
DO EXERCISES DESIGNED FOR POSTPARTUM WOMEN
Practice exercises specifically designed for women recovering from childbirth. Yes, we’re fully aware that some of these exercises are boring and remind you of your junior high gym class.
Try modified versions of many of your favorite exercises, such as sit-ups with a pillow below your head. Bend your knees and slowly sit up, holding your position for no longer than five seconds.
Ankle circles and arm circles might also help you slim down. Gently swing each leg and arm in a small circle, rotating from legs to arms and back after every 10 circles. Alternate between sets of clockwise and counterclockwise circles.
In case you weren’t paying attention earlier, check with your doctor before performing any of these exercises. Promise?
LET BABY JOIN YOU DURING YOUR WORKOUTS
Exercise with your baby. Day care is not always an option, and it’s no secret that many moms crave social interaction with other adults. Not that you don’t love having heart-to-hearts with your infant. And the cat.
Join a fun exercise group geared toward moms, such as StrollerFit. Socialize as you walk or jog the calories away. Swap cute baby stories, healthy recipes and exercise tips with the other moms — and agree to hold each other accountable for missed workout sessions. Sometimes, a few words of encouragement – and criticism – from other moms are all you need to get your pre-pregnancy body back.
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