Between putting on extra pounds to nourish the baby, and adding calories to your diet thanks to pickles and ice cream cravings, most women gain a substantial amount of weight during pregnancy. According to Mayo Clinic, women who were at a normal weight before pregnancy should gain around 25 to 35 pounds, but some have been known to gain more than 50 pounds. While putting on the pounds is easy, losing the weight after giving birth is often more difficult. Fortunately, there are a variety of things you can do to make the process a little easier. Consider trying some of these tips to get back in shape and become one hot momma.
1. Exercise with baby – You might not be able to take the baby on the elliptical with you, but there are ways you can get some physical activity into your day while still caring for your little one. Going on walks is a great way to burn extra calories and pushing a stroller can help you to burn even more. The simple movements of rocking, swaying and bouncing your baby can also get you moving. You may also want to consider joining a gym that has a day care center. This service comes free with membership at many facilities and can give you the alone time you need.
2. Snack wisely – During the first couple months after childbirth, you will likely be spending a lot of time in the house. Unlike being at work or running around town, your kitchen full of goodies is right down the hall. This can tempt you to reach for the junk food throughout the day and do a lot of mindless snacking. Remain conscious of what you are eating throughout the day and if you tend to eat when you’re bored, stock the fridge with sliced veggies and fruit.
3. Get support, stay patient – You may find it is easier to lose weight if you join a support system. Look for a local group of new moms and help each other stick to your weight loss goals. Also, Parenting Magazine says to keep in mind the weight didn’t come overnight and it will take some time to lose it, so stay patient.
4. Try Skinny D – Consider trying an all-natural supplement from Dr. Newton’s Naturals called Skinny D. It can help you lose weight by providing the body with the nutrients it needs to stay full and focused without overeating. You may want to consult with your doctor before taking Skinny D if you are breastfeeding.