I am a 30 some year old mother with two kids. I gave birth to my second baby two years back. She was a healthy big baby; 8 pounds and 7 ounces in all. In fact my doctor was worried if I was gaining weight too fast! Even with my first child, it was same situation; I ended up gaining around a whooping 30 pounds or so overall. I was at 140 pounds pre pregnancy and landed at 200 pounds towards last months of pregnancy. So one can imagine the amount of efforts I needed to take to reduce my weight!
After birth, my weight kind of dropped to around 180 pounds and I still needed to lose pounds. Though I haven’t reached my pre pregnancy weight yet, I managed to lose about 20 more pounds since the delivery, here were some steps I took
- 1. Eat wisely: I seriously controlled what I ate, limited my fat and carbs intake. I avoided sugary stuff and stuck to healthy fruits and vegetables. I didn’t touch red meat and only ate chicken. I kept away from eggs too. I think proper diet control goes a long way in ensuring good weight control plus boosts your body’s health. And remember this is not dieting.
- 2. Exercise: Soon after delivery, my doctor had advised me to hit the gym; after 6 weeks of rest to heal from delivery. Though I am not a huge fan of exercising, eventually I used to do some small range exercises such as speed walking, home videos of Zumba. I used to go out walking with the kids’ couple times a week. Try to do some amount of exercise, moving your body once your body has healed from the delivery ‘bruises’. Key is to move your body!
- 3. Breast Feed your baby: Trust me; breast feeding is a natural way of helping your body shed those extra pounds. If you are unable to feed, you could also try pumping milk using breast pumps.
- 4. Portion Control: I always limited my meals portion. I chose the right foods to enable my body to get the right nutrition in the meantime, kept an eye on its portion. I didn’t get myself get carried away into eating junk food or trying to eat more than what my body needed. Remember being a new mother, your body needs all the right nutrients to help heal your body while help your baby thrive as well.
And lastly and perhaps the most important, never shy away from asking help. Be it your family to help pitch in to take care of the baby once in a while to your doctor to help address your concerns, be sure to reach out. I think a new mom needs to be as relaxed as possible and avoid any tensions because it reflects on your health plus your baby’s health