Having a child is probably one of the most special experiences that can happen to someone. But aside from bringing immeasurable joy, it can leave consequences for one’s physique, therefore it’s important to start certain self-care practices sometime after labour.
If you’re wondering how to achieve that, here are some ideas that can help you get your pre-baby back:
1. Give yourself time
There’s no need to pressure yourself with weight loss goals, instead, you should carefully research different options in order to find something that works for you. Don’t be stressed with other people’s results — you should solely be focused on yourself. Don’t rush into trying diet fads that promise incredible results because chances are, that those results are often short-term. You don’t need to cut out all the bad stuff from your diet, because that’ll make you feel anxious.
But most importantly, take time to adjust yourself to your new life and only when you feel comfortable, you can start working on getting your old body back. Try losing weight gradually and always strive to combine exercise with healthy eating. Don’t expect the overnight success, because that never happens, unless you’re going to a plastic surgeon. It’s always much more fulfilling to track your progress and be able to see how far you’ve come!
2. Start running
Many people envision exercise as spending countless hours at the gym and wasting money on expensive workout gear and gym membership. If you’re already struggling to pay bills, you shouldn’t spend a lot on everything workout-related especially if you don’t have a stricter exercise routine yet. One of the best and cheapest ways to get in shape is to simply start running whenever it’s convenient. You can do it early in the morning when there’s no one around to bother you. Just go to the nearest park or even better, start running as soon as you get out of your front door. Also, be careful when it comes to investing in running gear — you only need a pair of quality running shoes and a pair of socks. When you start jogging, focus on breathing and staying hydrated. Start slowly so you don’t overburden yourself and give up. Every beginning is hard, but if you’re persistent, you’ll see amazing results!
3. Be disciplined
Taking your time is fine, but once you start dieting/exercising, it’s important to be disciplined. Treating yourself with a doughnut is great, but make sure you do it once a week and not more than that. Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner and stay away from skipping meals and overcompensating for it later. Drink a lot of water and if possible, eliminate artificially sweetened sodas and alcohol, especially if you’re still breastfeeding. Staying away from your favourite snacks can be difficult, so you can ask your partner for support. Also, you can’t expect others to stop eating sweets and snacks because of you, so that’s why having self-control can be extremely helpful. When it comes to exercising, having a newborn can come as a handy excuse, therefore use every babysitting opportunity you have in order to work out. Instead of finding excuses, arm yourself with strong will and start achieving your body goals.
4. Don’t rely on social media
Seeing all the perfect people with great bodies can be disheartening when you’re a new mother. Your body has been changed, everything around you is different and suddenly, there are all these people who look like they belong on a magazine cover. The thing is, you should stop comparing yourself to others. Stop reading articles about a celebrity so-and-so who looks like her old self only weeks after giving birth. Don’t be let down by comparing yourself to someone who has a lot of resources that you don’t. Ask your family and friends for support, and rely on social media only when looking for practical advice. The internet can be a great tool but there’s no need to feel bad about yourself, instead channel all the energy into something useful that can benefit you in the end.
5. Ask others for help
Having a baby to care for can definitely be stressful, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying to get your pre-pregnancy body back. You shouldn’t do things alone and asking those close to you for help is okay. If you don’t like the idea of working out alone, find other mothers and ask to join them. It’s always better to do things with like-minded people who’ve been through the same or similar experiences as you. Don’t get carried away thinking that you should do everything by yourself. Relying on others is perfectly fine and can definitely help you relax and work on your personal well-being.
What are your tips in getting trim after pregnancy? Share them in the comments below.