One of the biggest things that can happen in your life is having a baby. Pregnancy changes everything, from your lifestyle and your priorities to your figure, but not all changes are welcome.
After having a baby, some women immediately rush to get back into shape and get their youthful body back, trying everything from extreme dieting to getting breast enhancement surgery. But is there a right and wrong way to do it?
The key to getting back into shape after having a baby is not to overdo it. This is crucial, as taking things too fast and pushing yourself too hard can be terrible for your health. Don’t put undue pressure on yourself by reading stories about celebrities who have lost their baby weight in six weeks. Not only do celebrities have personal trainers and all the time in the world to devote to losing weight and firming up, but they are also in an industry where looking a certain way is elevated to a ridiculous level of importance.
So, what should you be doing to bounce back after pregnancy? Follow these tips and you’ll reach your goal in a healthy and measured way (and you’ll still have the energy to enjoy time with your new baby):
Don’t try any extreme diets
Check with your doctor before starting any intense weight loss regime. Crash and extreme diets are not the healthy way to lose weight, and they could even trigger post-natal depression.
Start your new fitness regime with walking
Take the baby out and use the pram as a fitness tool, walking further and further each day. You’ll be amazed at the effect walking has at burning calories and improving muscle tone.
Tone your muscles and build your core strength
Supplement your walking with some light exercises to build your core strength and to tone your body. Do just a few minutes every day and you’ll soon start to notice big improvements.
Leave it six weeks before making any drastic changes to your lifestyle
In this time, you need all your calories (especially if you are breast feeding) and rest to help your body recover from giving birth. You’ll also need all your energy to keep up with the demands of your new baby.
You should also leave it a while before making any decisions about more drastic measures; have a good think before going ahead with a tummy tuck or a breast enlargement. Give your body time to settle down and yourself time to learn to love your new shape.