It's natural for newbie mums to start getting irritated by the thick midriff. Can't wait to shed the leftover weight from your pregnancy? That's understandable. But in your hurry to go back to your former size, don't ignore the red flags that your body might be waving at you. Here are some things you need to keep in mind before you get started on the journey to a fitter you:
The waiting game
The suggested period of waiting before you begin your post-pregnancy exercise regime depends on factors like whether you had a C-section, your age, and your overall health and physical resiliency. Usually, all mothers are advised to wait at least for six weeks after childbirth before hitting the gym. Starting too soon can cause potentially irreversible damage to your body.
This is the hardest part-waiting till your body is ready. One common error mothers make is not acknowledging that a body has to be prepared for exercise through adequate rest and good nutrition. Anyone with a newborn knows that sacrificing your own sleep at the altar of your baby's demands for food and attention goes with the territory. So, since exercising is a super start to regain your toned physique, please make sure that you never begin your exercise sessions when you're completely washed out. Working out in a tired state will not only yield slower and fewer benefits, but might actually weaken your body. For a person with little time and lesser energy to spare, that makes no sense. So even if it means waiting a few months before you start, do wait. Imagine spending a month working out and only losing the weight that you would otherwise have lost in a fortnight.
Do away with the calories? NO.
Adequate nourishment is something you're likely to be familiar with after carrying a baby inside you for nine months. But in a hurry to lose the baby fat, many mothers rush to cut out the calories to regain their figures. While your mother-in-law's ghee-laden laddoos can stop, make sure your diet still has the right kinds of fat-even if you're not breast-feeding. Delivering a baby, as you already know, isn't easy. And we can't afford to have you weaken your body due to lack of adequate calories.
Understand your body
Your body has changed after delivery. You might have to adopt a new strategy to lose weight keeping your body's new needs in mind. Losing the baby weight isn't the same as losing a few extra kilos you may have piled on during the festive season. Your body may have changed or may behave in ways you may not have expected. Make sure you have a fitness trainer who can design a regimen keeping in mind all the information you have provided. Most importantly, consult your physician and take a sensible approach to getting fit after childbirth. It'll only help you along the process of fitness.