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Getting Back To Your Pre-Pregnancy Weight

Getting Back To Your Pre-Pregnancy Weight

It can be hard for new moms to fit an exercise program into their busy schedule with their newborn. However, most mothers are eager to fit back into the jeans they wore before pregnancy, and to lose the dreaded baby belly. Although it takes time to get back in shape, with a little determination and diligence you can get back to your pre-pregnancy weight. You shouldn't try to lose too much weight two pounds or less is acceptable for non-breastfeeding women. If you're breastfeeding, you'll need to eat more calories, so don't skimp on meals to lose weight. A breastfeeding woman needs to be eating around 2,000 calories a day for optimal health.

The first step is healthy eating. It can be tempting to grab sugary snacks for energy, or to open a bag of chips when you don't have time for dinner. Eating healthy is one of the most important things you can do to lose pregnancy weight, so focus on eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables each day. Make sure there are lots of whole grain breads and cereals in your diet. For protein, eat lean meats and fish, or incorporate tofu into your diet if you're vegetarian.

Walking is great for losing weight. If you're walking at a quick pace, where your heart rate goes up, then you are burning fat. Walking is also an ideal exercise for moms as baby can come along in the stroller. You can start going for shorter walks soon after delivery, but you must be careful during this time as your body is still healing. Ask your doctor about a walking program, as certain delivery complications can make it dangerous to start an exercise program soon after delivery.

Once you're past the six week mark after delivery, you can slowly begin to return to your pre-pregnancy workouts. Aerobic exercise that increases your heart rate will target fat and help you drop those pounds. Swimming is excellent for toning your body and won't injure muscles or joints. Make sure you talk to your doctor before you start your workout program.

To really target that baby belly, focus on stomach strengthening exercises that will flatten and tone your tummy. After pregnancy, muscles are loosened, especially if you had a C-section delivery. Stomach crunches and leg slides can easily be done at home and over time your stomach will become much more toned.

Remember that over time you can slowly but surely return to your pre-pregnancy weight. It does take patience, but with a continuous exercise routine and some dedication, you will see results.


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