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Additionally, I am not a doctor; just a mama basing this information off my own experiences as a mother, athlete, and prior research. Please consult your doctor before proceeding with any of the following information!
You are no longer preggers and you feel like it’s time to kick it into gear and lose that unwanted baby weight. But what exactly are you kicking into gear?
First off, you are a beautiful human being that just birthed another beautiful human being out of your own body; DON’T FORGET THAT.
Second, I couldn’t get how you feel more than I did after I gave birth to my son. I understand the expectations you have for yourself and I get exactly how you feel when you look in the mirror and wonder why you still look pregnant. This is why I am sharing with you my tips on how to help you get back to feeling normal.
Lastly, although stated in the disclaimer at the top, I need to be clear with you and tell you to always consult both your doctor and (if breastfeeding) your pediatrician before taking part in any of these things. Conditions such as Diastasis Recti could be negatively affected by some of the following tips and take special care. Please make healthy choices, your sweet baby needs you!
1. Drinking Water
Something so simple, yet so important in keeping your body flushed out of bad toxins and controlling your appetite. A good way to keep track of your water intake is drinking at least one of these bottles a day.
There are so many truly, incredible benefits to breastfeeding your baby, and if you are able to do it, weight loss can be one of them.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, when breastfeeding you burn 425-700 calories. Seriously mamas, isn’t that crazy?!
3. Correct Nutrition
Especially as a new mama, and super especially as a breastfeeding new mama, consuming enough nutrients is extremely important! In more detail, Baby Center describes that a breastfeeding mother should consume 500 calories more than a non-breastfeeding mother. Your body will hold on to the extra weight if you do not give it what it needs.
With this in mind, saying goodbye to dairy products and/or gluten products is a good way to lose weight and cut out foods that are hard for your body to process. I am both dairy-free (due to my breastfeeding son who’s allergic to it) and gluten-free (my body does not process it well). One thing that I have found most important is replacing calories that I am missing with other good-for-you foods.
Speaking of replacing, REDCON1 makes a mean dairy-free protein powder that actually tastes great (yes, GREAT…not just good). You can use my code T10TaylorBe for 10% off your purchase!
4. Take a Walk
A lot of walks! They are the best! Plug in those earphones, turn on your favorite podcast (Cultivating The Lovely is my current fav) and get that stroller moving! This is such a great way to both relax your brain and get your body active. Plus, you’re getting some much-needed vitamin D in the sun.
When I was newly on my postpartum journey, I lived on walks. Heck, I live on them now! It’s like “me time” without the mom guilt.
And speaking of mom guilt, it’s so hard to leave your baby to go workout! Now I’m not saying you should feel guilty (because no one should feel guilty for bettering themselves’), but I know all of us moms can relate. Babywearing workouts are a great solution.
Here’s a Quick Babywearing Workout for all levels!
Here is also, a list of The Best Baby Carriers as well!
6. Take The Right Vitamins & Supplements
Nourishing your body with the right vitamins and supplements is crucial to your body performing the way you want it to (Pssst, that also means losing weight). Again, your body will hold on to the weight if you do not give it what it needs to survive and flourish; I also mentioned this in tip number three, eating the correct nutrition because it’s just so darn important!
A few vitamins and supplements a mama should include in her routine are:
- Omega 3’s (Helps balances postpartum hormones….You got the baby blues, probably because you are low on Omega 3’s).
- Probiotics & Digestive Enzymes (Helps immune system, a healthy urinary track, your digestive system, and most importantly your gut) This one is good because it acts as both; what mama doesn’t want a simpler routine?! Girl, honestly, this one in particular has done wonders for me and my digestive system! For 10% off use my code T10TaylorBe
- A Good Multivitamin (All around good for your digestive system, bone, breast, and body healthy. Plus, a natural energy source).
7. My Favorite, SLEEP!
Yep, I said it sleeping will help you lose weight after birth; and yes I know that you are probably thinking, “how the heck am I supposed to get enough sleep between the crying, the diaper blowouts, and the endless rocking chair rocking?”
You know the saying, “sleep when the baby sleeps”? Lose the guilty feelings and just do it mama. Sleep the day away. Well, at least until baby wakes up again.
- without enough sleep, your milk supply will be low
- and is ESSENTIAL for your metabolism to function correctly.
Enjoy that sleep, girl. You totally deserve it too!
now it’s time to take these tips, and with a deep breath, get to work.
Three things to remember:
One, you are beautiful and your body is incredible no matter the speed it works at, two, everyone’s body performs differently and at different speeds, and three, find what works for YOU.
Do you have questions about these tips or my postpartum journey? Contact me or comment below. We’re in this together!