As much as you’re excited about the new member of your family, in-between running around, trying to be the perfect parent and keeping the household grounded, it’s important to focus on your healing and on taking care of your body after delivery. So, while trying to do all of that, here are some tips to help you return to your normal activities and get your regular body back.
We’ve already established that after birth you produce more urine than usual, so loosing water weight is the obvious and natural way to start.
Take Your Time
Relax and give your body the time to heal. Whether you’ve just had a natural birth or a C-secction, speak to your doctor and find out how long it will take your body to heal and when you can fully get back into your normal routine before you try anything too strenuous.
There’s no need to prove to anyone that you are super human. You’re doing great, and you need time to rest too, so work out a schedule that helps define when you’ll catch a nap, or even treat yourself to a mani-pedi or massage. Remember, taking care of yourself will help you manage stress, feel more rested and help you be an even better mom to your new baby.
Find the diet plan most suited to you – don’t try keep up with the latest diet trends because what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for you. The best way to lose the baby weight is to cut empty calories. Start off by cutting out all the sugars, cakes, chocolates, greasy fast food and alcohol. Monitor what you eat but everything in moderation is just fine.
A healthy diet combined with regular exercise is the best way to shed the kilos. Exercise will help you lose fat instead of muscle. It’s time to eat better and move more, but do not overdo it. Just a quick walk around the block with your baby in the pram is a great way to add exercise to your daily routine.
Hang Out With Other New Moms
Hearing what other mommies have to say about raising newborns is always insightful. Group classes are also a great way to meet other moms, so take a look at what’s going on in your area – you might just find your new bestie!