Pregnancy can be extremely difficult as it is, and post that, the most challenging task for every new mom would be to get back in shape. During pregnancy, your hormones enlarge your abdomen and store fat in your tummy to keep the baby safe. However, the accumulated fat doesn’t always go away fully. Post childbirth, your tummy still will be squishy and round, have some stretch marks, and for those who had a c-section, might have surgical scars left.
We know that dropping those extra kilos is going to take some time, some more effort, and most importantly, not giving up till you get there. While we understand that you want to get back in shape as quickly as you can, it’s also equally important to realize that it won’t happen overnight. You have, after all, taken nine whole months to gain that belly fat, and it might take as much time, if not more, to lose it too.
But worry not, we’ve got your back! These are some really easy and simple ways to lose your belly fat.
Yes, breastfeeding is not only essential for babies, but is highly beneficial for mothers too. In fact, breastfeeding is known to burn calories and triggers contractions in the uterus, which in turn helps in the uterus regaining its original size. How cool is it to burn calories even when you’re resting?!
2. Pay Attention to Your Meals
This one takes a little more effort. As difficult as it is, it’s important to pay attention to what you eat, as it might add on a few kilos instead of taking them off. Say ‘no’ to high-calorie foods and focus on a healthy, balanced diet. Include green veggies and protein-rich foods. Don’t eliminate carbs completely, though, as it may affect your milk. Also, ensure that you eat small meals at regular intervals of the day. We would also recommend that you wait a good 6 weeks before you start a serious diet, as your body also needs time to recover.
3. Belly Wrapping
This is a tried and tested method to tone your muscles. Belly wrapping, like maternity belts and tummy tucks, compresses your abdomen and helps the uterus regain its original shape. For a homemade remedy, moms can even use a cotton cloth or saree to wrap around their bellies.
Perhaps the most important activity during your journey to lose the extra weight is exercising. Initially, we recommend that you begin with walking, as your body needs time to recuperate from the pregnancy. However, around 2 months post pregnancy, after you have figured out how much fat you need to burn off, it is advisable to start with basic crunches and then move on to other, more rigorous fitness regimes. What would also help is having exercise buddies who are also new moms. This will give you the motivation you need and some company on the go.
Most people underestimate the importance of sleep, but it is crucial in your body’s quest to regain shape. It is difficult enough with an infant to care for to get regular sleep, but your metabolism might be upset and your fitness plan may go haywire if you don’t get enough sleep. Napping regularly goes a long way in boosting your energy levels and keeps you fresh for exercise too.