Pregnancy

Getting into shape after having a baby

To be honest, Harlow is 18 weeks old and my body still isn’t in the shape I know it could be, and what I want it to be. I was still 2 stone lighter before pregnancy, and I’m getting to the point where I’m fully determined to get back to the starter weight. You need to give yourself credit if you haven’t bounced back to your pre-pregnancy body. You have a little baby who is demanding, along with any other commitment you have in your life.
I’ve decided to share some tips on getting back into shape after having a baby. Even though I’ve said I’m not in that state yet, I will write what I will be doing.

1) Exercise with baby.
I know it’s obvious that you won’t be able to do this when your baby can’t hold their head and is very small, but as they get older (and heavier) who’s to say you can’t exercise with them. Do some squats while holding onto them and pull some funny faces so they get something out of it too.

2) Green tea. 
Even though it tastes disgusting, and can essentially give you a dry throat, once you get over that, the benefits are incredible. Not only does it help with weight loss, but the benefits it has on the heart and with certain medical conditions is amazing. 2-3 cups per day is all that’s needed. I make sure I have one cup in the morning, one in the afternoon and I take one to bed with me.

3) Walk, walk, walk!
It’s simple. A walk a day, even for 30 minutes, or around the block. You get to bond with your little one and you can get some fresh air while walking. As mums, first time, or not, we tend to stay inside a lot more because it’s convienient for us, when really, there isn’t anything stopping us walking a little bit.

4) Exercise during naps.
When your baby is napping, that gives you a window of 15 minutes-2 hours to do what you want to do. What I tend to do is plan each nap. I make a list of the things I want to achieve while Baby H is napping.

5) Cardio and muscle workouts!
Cardio, such as walking and jogging to remove fat from areas where it isn’t needed, and muscle workouts to tone your body. Mix both together and you’ll be at your goal weight or goal measurements in no time.

6) Apps!
There are so many exercising apps. Most of them are free, and are very effective. You can also log your diet in some apps, and in return, it will give you the calorie intake for each day.

7) Youtube.
There aren’t only muscle and cardio exercises on Youtube, there is also pilates and yoga that you can follow which is also meant to be highly effective.

8) Don’t diet straight away.
You’re learning the roles of being a mum, you don’t need to diet straight away. The stress of having your favourite food taken away as well as the potential stresses of a complete readjustement of your lifestyle could cause more bad than good. Give yourself time before jumping into a diet.

9) Water is the best remedy.
Water really is amazing. Not only will it help you lose weight, but it will give you better skin and will keep you hydrated and energised through the day.

10) Don’t be lazy – as much as you probably want to be.
I know how tiring it is attending to a baby, and a lot of days, you repeat the exact same routine. BUT, don’t be lazy. Keep active! If it’s your first baby, you’ll probably want to relax as much as possible, it’s definitely hard to adjust to. You’re more than likely to lose the weight if you’re active throughout the day.

Emily.

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