With this being my third pregnancy, I’ve already experienced the post-baby let down twice and I’m trying to prep myself to be ready for it with this one too. If you’ve had kids before, you know what I’m talking about: that moment when you realize that you are no longer with child and have no desire to continue wearing your trusty maternity clothing. Those same pieces of clothing that you were so excited to get to wear just six-ish short months earlier now seem like they could be the devil.
Now, of course you need to wait to begin any exercise program until your doctor says you’re ready; at no point does anything I’m going to recommend take the place of advice from a licensed professional. What I’m going to share with you today are the simple steps that I’ve relied on to help drop the baby weight in the past and what I’ll be doing again this time.
1. Get active.
Some people are totally awesome at working out and staying fit throughout their pregnancy. As much as I wish I was, I’m just not that girl. When the baby makes his or her appearance though, my excuse is over. Whether I’m briskly walking baby around the block for 15 minutes or purposely running up and down the stairs a few extra times a day, I make that extra effort to get up and moving. Every little bit counts!
Once you get the full okay from your physician, put together a fitness plan that works best for you and your lifestyle. For my BFF, going to the gym daily is her thing hands down. For me, I prefer to workout in the privacy of my home. Don’t try to be someone you’re not; it’ll never work out in your favor!
2. Take care of yourself.
While this may seem like a big huge –duh!– thing to say, I really do mean it. It’s easy to put yourself last when you have a newborn to take care of on top of your typical daily activities. Find a way to carve some quiet time for yourself, doing something that you enjoy (not changing diapers or wiping spit up from your shoulder). Mental health is just as important as your physical health and it can make a world of difference in how motivated you are to get back in shape.
Yep, that’s a big one: sleep. As hard as it may be with a newborn ruling your world, you need to sleep. Your body needs that crucial time to recover and get ready for the next day, to keep you motivated and on track with your fitness goals. It may be hard to step away from the dishes or to leave a pile of laundry unfolded, but you definitely need to carve out some time to catch those zzz’s.
4. Everything in moderation.
I’m not one to tell you what you can and can’t eat, especially if you’re a momma who chooses to breastfeed her babies. What I can say though is that by making a few simple changes in your diet, you can start to drop some of that post-partum weight almost overnight. While I’m pregnant, I’m never one who will limit my cravings. If I want some ice cream, I’ll have some ice cream but it’ll be one scoop instead of half a carton.
The same theory applies after your little one has made their entrance into the world. If you feel the need to eat something sweet, grab a piece of fruit instead of the candy bar that you’re dreaming of. Instead of eating an entire bag of Cheetos in one fell swoop, take a small handful out and close up the bag before you start eating.
5. Do double duty.
I love when I can get a product on sale *and* use a coupon. It makes my wheeling and dealing heart happy. I also adore when I can find a food that is not only healthy for me, but is packed with extra benefits I wouldn’t normally expect. Dropping that baby weight is tough enough; I try to find as many things that I can to make the entire process easier.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.Pin It