How to reclaim your pre-pregnancy body post-pregnancy

After the birth of the baby, every mother is concerned about how to lose all the weight and when to get started. Ideally, as early as four to six weeks after delivery is good time to start.

It's normal to gain weight during pregnancy, but it's also important to keep yourself fit. Walk around, do mild exercises and eat healthy even while you're an expectant mother.

Post delivery, breastfeeding is a natural, safe and quick way of getting thin quickly. You can shed around 500-700 calories a day with just that. However, that's not enough if you want to get back into shape quickly. Better to nip the fat in the early months.

Dos and Don’ts Post Pregnancy:

Say no to fried, spicy, sugary and junk food, as well as fad diets that eliminate entire food groups. Instead, aim to eat a variety of lean protein, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and plenty of low-fat dairy products. Munch on healthy and nutritious foods such as:

  • Salads and cereals
  • Lean meats such as egg, chicken or fish, which are good sources of proteins. Vegetarians can substitute these with a variety of lentils
  • Go for whole-grain products and refrain from refined flour snacks
  • Add plenty of fresh fruits in your diet. Fibre will help fill you without adding excess calories.
  • Have low-fat dairy products. They're a good source of calcium that aids weight loss
  • Drink plenty of fluids

Set your Weight Targets:

Set a practical weight loss target that you won't have to push yourself too hard achieve. Start with some simple exercises. Pilates and yoga may help you gain strength and flexibly. You can also choose aerobic exercises such as swimming, biking and running. But before you start, consult your doctor to check if your uterus has healed after delivery. If ever you have pain or shortness of breath, stop immediately.

Get plenty of rest. If you don’t sleep enough, you won’t have the energy to keep yourself moving through your waking hours, forget wanting to get your exercise.

Most importantly, you should give your body enough time to recuperate and restore its normal processes. The weight may not fall off as quickly as you would like, but if you stick to your routine and follow the guidelines above, you will ultimately please yourself. Slow and steady.