Any woman who has been pregnant knows that weight gain invariably goes hand in hand with pregnancy, and for most of us, it can be quite a struggle to shed those extra, unwanted pounds. However, here are some tips from Medicure Clinic DSO and by following these simple tips, you should be able to lose that added weight and quickly get back to your pre-pregnancy best.
1. Watch What You Eat During Pregnancy
Although you will always gain weight during pregnancy, one of the biggest mistakes most women make is thinking they can eat anything just because they’re pregnant. We often hear the excuse that she’s eating for two, which is just not true. So, to make it easier to lose weight after your pregnancy, you need to focus on eating healthy and being active during pregnancy so as to ensure you don’t gain too much unnecessary weight.
2. Eat Healthy, Don’t Diet
Our Medicure Doctors advises to never diet after pregnancy, as this will slow your recovery time and metabolism, making it that much harder to lose weight. Instead you should focus on eating a normal, healthy diet and snacking on fruits and vegetables when you’re hungry. Speaking of eating, the old saying is actually true and breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, especially after pregnancy. Eating a healthy breakfast will boost your metabolism for the rest of the day and cut down on those cravings for unhealthy foods.
3. Always Breastfeed
Breastfeeding is not only important for your baby’s health, but it may also help you to lose weight and allow you to eat a few hundred more calories a day as well. It can help keep your body running at a higher level, plus provide feelings of happiness, which is always important for weight loss.
4. Stay Hydrated
Drinking plenty of water is essential for weight loss, as your body doesn’t function as well if you’re not properly hydrated. In addition, water can help fill up your belly and reduce those feelings of hunger and cravings.
5. Don’t’ Forget to Exercise
Many new moms find it hard to get time to exercise. However, it’s important you start doing some light, gentle exercises as soon as you feel ready and then progressing to more strenuous activities after two months or so. Even simply talking your baby for a walk in the stroller is a great way to get active and start shedding that baby weight.