This is the part where you cuddle your baby and make cooing noises. It’s also the part where you order your partner to do your every bidding because you’re recovering.
After childbirth, you may slowly reduce your calorie consumption. Carry on with your clean eating and eat sufficient quantities of nutritious food.
You will be lactating and will need to breastfeed your child. Once again, the best person to speak to, will be your doctor.
Generally, there are a few breastfeeding tips you should be aware of.
- It will hurt initially
- Moisturize your nipples with olive oil
- Use comfortable bras
- Drink lots of water and stay hydrated at all times
- Eat well and consume sufficient calories
There will be many other things to do as a new mommy. You can learn all these from a guide for new mothers and we are going to help you as much we can.
Two or tree weeks after you have given birth; you will be ready to start on your exercise program.
Now… and only NOW… do you start focusing on attaining your dream body. Of course, before you can get there, you will need to shed the weight.
Once again you will check your daily caloric requirement. Once you have a number, you will aim for a 500 calorie deficit daily. This is a safe number to aim for.
Don’t aim to cut your calories too low. This does not speed up your results. It will just plateau your body and impede any further progress.
Now that you’ve given birth, you can exercise often. However there are a few things you must be aware of.
It takes six weeks to three months for your body to heal after pregnancy.
What that means is that your training program should still be low impact. Forget HIIT training or sprinting. Low impact training is your mantra.
Don’t worry. You will still lose weight at a steady rate. As long as your body is at a caloric deficit, it is inevitable that you lose weight.
If you went walking twice a day with each session lasting 30 to 45 minutes, you will be amazed at how much weight you will lose.
Want to challenge yourself? Walk uphill. Want more challenge? Add ankle weights and walk.
That’s how you do it.
As long as your diet is clean and healthy and you’re at a daily caloric deficit… you will lose the weight.
Many women get impatient and want fast results. Weight loss is not a fast process. It doesn’t matter if you’re pregnant or not… Losing weight is an uphill task that takes time.
Never give up on it just because you think it will take you 8 months to lose all the weight you’ve gained. The time is going to pass anyway.
8 months later, you will still be where you are if you don’t make an active effort to change.
So, keep at it slowly but surely. Take a photo on day one and take a photo 6 months later. You will be blown away by the results.
Most women are able to return to their pre-pregnancy body shape within six months, just by doing low impact cardio daily and maintaining a caloric deficit.
If they can do it, so can you!