We know how hard everything is after having a baby. You feel all kinds of emotions and feel like you haven’t lost any weight since you gave birth. First off all, take a deep breath - you are not alone. Second of all, realize that it takes time, patience, and dedication to lose weight. Here are something's you can do in order to help lose weight and get your baby back in shape.
Wear a postpartum girdle and hip girdle
This can help with your back support, muscle memory, and even provide support during breastfeeding. This can be a lifesaver especially if you had a c-section. This will help your body adjust naturally and compress your uterus back down to its original size.
Workout plan and diet plan.
You need to take care of yourself and your baby. Make sure to keep your body on track and find exercises you can do at home while caring for a baby. This will help your body adjust and get back to its normal feeling. It is important that you keep a schedule to your exercise and do it at the same time everyday so that you are committed. If you are not comfortable going to a gym then pop in some videos at home and sweat it out. We love the Beach Body series since there are so many workout options.
Wear your baby
By putting your baby in a sling you are getting a small work out. It helps stabilize your core while burning calories. You also get to bond with your baby. They are super awesome for any new mom to have. Read more about our blog post Why We Love Baby Slings.
Drink lots and lots of water.
Your body is made up of 50% water! You need to be drinking it all the time. If you aren't you can actually do damage to your body, especially if you are nursing. Nursing takes all the water it can to make milk and will drain it from anywhere in your body, so without water available, the outcome isn't good. Allow yourself to treat yourself once in a while to a soda, ice tea, etc. You can even try adding sliced fruit into your water it will help add variety and flavor to it.
When you breastfeed your baby you need an extra 500 calories per day. But since breastfeeding burns 600 to 800 calories a day, even if all you do is sit comfortably and feed your baby, you could still be losing weight. (Best news we've heard all day.) Some lucky moms lose all their baby weight from breastfeeding along. Just remember, if you are one of those women, know that as soon as you stop or taper off breastfeeding, or begin supplementing your baby's diet with solids, your calorie needs will plummet. You'll need to adjust your calorie intake at this point.
Just by doing these minor things you will be able to feel and notice a difference. Know that things take time and this won’t change or happen overnight. Stick to a schedule and plan, but also allow yourself to be spoiled every now and then.