Pregnancy does not only change your outlook on life but it also changes your body appearance and how you perceive yourself. If you are self-conscious about how your body looks like after giving birth, you don’t have to worry because these changes are not permanent, you can still go back into your normal body physique as long as you have patience, determination, discipline, and motivation in maintaining to have a healthy lifestyle. In this article, we’ll show you different tips on how to regain your body shape after delivery.
There are different things to consider when you decide to regain your shape. If you are breastfeeding, you may need to wait until your baby turns two months so that you can establish a good source of milk supply and so that your body can still further recover after giving birth. Regaining your shape may not be an easy process, it entails great effort.
How fast will you be able to regain your body shape?
There are different factors that determine the speed and the degree of the tightening of your skin. Your shape and size before giving birth, the weight you have gained during the pregnancy and how active you are in doing things affects how fast will you go back to your normal body size. There are theories that you can easily shed off the fats into your tummy as well the fats all over your body if you only gained about 2 lbs(13.6kg) during pregnancy and when you regularly do some exercises during those months. There is also a higher chance that you’ll go back to your normal one easily if it is your first baby and that you are breastfeeding.
Tips on healthy weight loss
This is considered as an effortless way of losing weight because just by sitting around and feeding your baby, you tend to burn calories that are used in making milk. It also causes contractions, like crunching your womb, serving as an exercise for your whole body. Breastfeeding allows you to lose at least 500 calories a day.
- Develop a cardio routine
If your body is not yet prepared to do some extraneous activities such as carrying gym equipment, you may start by just walking, running, and jumping. To actually record your progress, you may invest in a fitness tracker. You may need to gradually increase the speed of your cardio routine pattern weekly to lose more calories. The regular execution of exercise will help you minimize skin excess.
- Eat healthy foods
If you would want to gain muscles by shedding the excess fats in your body, you may eat healthy fats and protein because it helps in the production of collagen that will help in the elasticity of your skin. The fats in your body will are also broken down easily through the introduction of healthy fats that may bind into the fats deposited into your body.
- Drink enough water
Even though you are practicing a healthy lifestyle if your body is not well hydrated then it is still unuseful. Water contributes a big factor in dissolving the stored fats in your body and it helps the skin to have an elasticity to shrink. Water also helps in removing the different toxins of the body.
- Try regular strength training
If you have loose skin, you may need to do some tone up and shape up muscle building such as crunches, situps, yoga, etc so that it can help improve the muscle condition, especially in your core muscles. If you are deciding to do some extraneous exercises, you may need to have a trainer so that they could give you exercises that are suitable for women that had just given birth.
Home remedies that you can do
- Apple cider can be used as a fat eliminator, you’ll just need to mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a bowl of water
- Soak lime in the honey and hot water and drink it a couple of times a week because it is known as a natural weight loss and for stronger immunity.
- The green tea is infused with antioxidants that have properties to revive the skin and purifies the cells to remove toxins.
- Drink turmeric. There are different products of turmeric that are available in the market, you can make use of processed turmeric that is seen in pouches while there are also fresh turmeric bulbs that you need to brew.
Risk in losing weight too soon
Your body needs to regain energy after giving birth if you would lose weight too quickly, it may further delay your recovery and there is a tendency that you will feel tired all the time-draining your energy to take good care of your baby. If you are breastfeeding, it is not advisable to lose weight too soon because when your bodily fats are dissolved, it may release toxins into your breast milk affecting the health of your baby. The healthy way of losing weight is at least 1 pound per week or at least 4 pounds in a month
Things to consider in regaining your body’s shape
The safest way for you to lose weight is to manage your day-to-day calorie intake with balanced food choices that will give you a variety of nutrients such as calcium, iron, folate, Vitamin B6 and magnesium. If you are breastfeeding, your calorie intake should not go down beyond 1500 calories or else there is a higher chance that you and your baby are at risk for a nutritional deficiency. It is advisable to incorporate high-fiber foods into your diet so that it could help in proper digestion so as not to make you feel bloated.
It is not advisable to diet right after giving birth because your body is not prepared for the changes that will happen. If there is an abrupt change in your body, it may affect the consistency of your breastmilk. If you are trying out a new cardio routine and diet plan, make sure to be consistent so as to make the process of regaining your shape faster.