Apart from making you one happy mommy, pregnancy is also going to make you plumpy! While every mum can swear that it is not a cake walk to lose weight rapidly after you have just delivered a baby, mothers who have had a C-section find it all the more challenging. Given the many do’s and don’ts suggested out there for new moms who have undergone a C-section, it is indeed not simple for them to lose weight that easily.
So make sure you lose that pregnancy fat now; before it’s too late!
Plan Your Diet
Once you decide to start the fitness regime, make sure you plan everything. Ideally, you should first check with your doctor and then get on your weight loss routine. Your body needs time to recover from labour and other health changes that happen during the pregnancy.
Exercise is a Must!
New moms find it difficult to take out some time for exercise. This is because they are sleep-deprived and the baby takes up most of their time. Since your body is still weak, it can undergo lasting damage if you strain them with heavy exercise. Try doing simple, low-impact exercises such as walking, cycling or swimming for 15 minutes a day, just three times a week. This should be sufficient to jumpstart calorie burn.
The Power of Breastfeeding
A study suggests that new moms who breastfeed their children have the ability to lose weight faster than those who don’t. However, this observation depends upon a lot of variables, one of them being the calorie intake by new moms.
Eat More, Weigh Less
It is important for new moms to eat meals at regular intervals accompanied by healthy snack options. Skipping a meal might affect their overall health, and might also slow down their process of losing weight.
Drinking water helps you stay hydrated and also flush out unnecessary fats. Keep yourself away from aerated drinks, soda, and extra sugary liquids. Increase the amount of fruit and vegetable juices that not only help you lose weight faster but also provide you with other health benefits.
Wear a Postpartum Belt
Wearing a postpartum support belly belt can help tighten tummy muscles and play a vital role in flattening your flabby stomach. Those who’ve had C-section at least two or three weeks before and prefer something a bit easier to wear with slightly less constriction, a band-style belt may do perfectly well.
Catch on Your Sleep
If you are a mom, you must get at least seven hours of undisturbed sleep. Sleeping for less than 4-5 hours means increasing the possibilities to pile on additional fat reserves. Also, sleep deprivation causes the body to release an appetite-increasing hormone called Ghrelin. So, if your bundle of joy is keeping you awake at night, try and catch on to your sleep during the day.
Rapid Weight Loss Tips After Pregnancy
Eating well-balanced meals helps fasten your recovery post delivery. It will also help you keep up with the demands of being a new parent. It does not matter whether you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding, just choose to eat healthily. Make sure you opt for healthy snacks whenever you get hungry. It will help you increase your energy levels. Those who are breastfeeding will feel that they are getting hungry frequently. This is because your body is functioning extra hard to feed your newborn.
These tips may help you reach and maintain a healthy weight post C-section:
- Try saving some quite time for your meals, eat your food calmly. Skipping meals can often lead to reduced energy levels, which eventually makes it difficult for you to lose weight. Make sure to eat at least four-five portions of fresh fruits and vegetables in a day.Include plenty of foods that are loaded with fiber such as vegetables, brown rice, oats, lentils and grains in your diet.
- Most families prepare some special high-calorie foods to give to women just after birth, such as panjiri and ghee-dry fruit laden sweet ladoos. Enjoy these tasty treats by balancing them with your meals. If you’re eating a low-calorie meal such as khichdi, or a brown rice pulav then you can have a high-calorie til ka ladoo at the end.
- Keep track of your portion size during meal times. Mini healthy snacks are eaten often can help prevent overeating.
- Drink plenty of low-calorie fluids like water, nimbu pani, coconut water, and fresh fruit juices. Lots of calories can be hidden in packaged juices, full cream milk, and soft drinks.
- Breastfeed your baby. Experts say that exclusive breastfeeding makes it easier to regain your pre-pregnancy shape.
- Keep an eye on the number and type of snacks you have between meals. Opt for healthy and filling snacks like salads, fruit platters or a glass of toned milk. You can also protein snacks like egg or paneer sandwich made with brown bread.
Once you become a new mother, a whole lot of new responsibilities come with your newborn. It often becomes difficult to find time to take care of yourself. But it is important to lose weight carefully and gradually. Being overweight may increase your risk of complications such as gestational diabetes in your next pregnancy.