One of the many hurdles mothers face is losing weight after pregnancy. With my first daughter it was wonderful. I lost my baby weight plus an additional 30lbs! I was in heaven! Now the second baby, different story. So far I have only lost my baby weight plus an additional 15lbs and am desperately working for more. Then you have to meet up with other women who went down to a size zero when they had a kid and chalked it all up to breastfeeding. Maybe that’s true for them but not for all of us. True, breastfeeding is said to help burn an extra 500 calories a day but you also feel like eating that additional amount of calories.
Now, I do count myself blessed that I quickly lost my baby weight plus more but some women find that the weight wants to stick around and it is much harder than initially thought to shake it. It isn’t like you can starve yourself while breastfeeding but if you are doing formula you may have some more dieting options. So diet aside, except eating as healthy as possible, we will focus on the workout I have found helpful.
To start out you will be tired and sore from child birth so I would suggest gentle exercise like stretching, Pilates, walking etc. When you feel ready you can begin this workout called the Crazy 8. The great thing about this workout is you can do it at home, in a short amount of time, and modify it to your speed and level. Here is a beginner workout to get you ready for Crazy 8 that my husband and I modified to get me started:
You can do 2 or 3 “giant sets” too as you get stronger and more conditioned.
When you have done this workout for a couple weeks, 3 days a week, you should be able to notice a difference. Obviously, I can only really scratch the surface here as to what a good workout and plan is for losing weight after pregnancy but there are some great resources out there for losing weight. If you’re looking for a full on workout plan checkout Fit Yummy Mummy.
The Fit Yummy Mummy “Home” Workout Plan is really a very well put together plan. Best of all, the mom who actually lost ALL her baby weight and regained her body, Holly Rigsby C.P.T, is the author and creator of the workout.
Now as I write this I am holding my infant on my lap so I realize that finding time with both hands free is a challenge but if you can find a supportive partner such as your spouse, family member, or a friend that can hold down the fort for 30 minutes or less 3 times a week you will be able to accomplish this. It can be hard to think of working out in your free time when there are chores to be done, dinner that needs made, and naps wishing to be had but just remember that when you workout for yourself you are doing good for your whole family. You will be happier and more confident and have more energy to keep up with your fast moving kids. We have all heard the phrase ” happy wife, happy life”, well it goes for moms too. I am not saying to throw aside all rest as it is one of the three components to weight loss alongside diet and exercise, so try to get as good a nights rest as you can. Drink lots of water, eat lots of fruit, grains, vegetables, and protein as well as dairy. Greek yogurt with fruit and flax granola is a great snack for you and your baby. Green tea is great for your metabolism, energy, and is full of antioxidants.
Remember that for the best results getting in 30 minutes 5 times a week is the best for losing baby weight so on days you are not doing an exact workout, try getting out and walking with your new baby, even if it has to be indoors at the mall. I have heard some moms say they set an amount of laps they must do in the mall before they allow themselves to buy anything. Always set a goal and do your best to stick to it. If you are dressed comfortably you will be able to get more exercise in and can worry about being a hot momma when you have met your goals.
So for all the soon to be moms or women who have been moms for a while, I hope you find these tips helpful and good luck to you! Remember that losing weight after pregnancy isn’t always as hard as you may think so don’t get discouraged. You can do it!
Please feel free to share your diet, workout, or rest tips or comments.
1.*Full squats as if you were going to sit down in a low chair
2.*Dumbbell rows are when you lean over a chair with arm hanging down then while using something as a weight you pull your arm up to an angle
3.*A plank is when you stretch out like you are going to do a push-up but instead you get on your forearms and squeeze your abs to hold you in a “plank” position.