The arrival of a new baby is an exciting and happy time but it can cause unwanted physical changes and extra weight that is difficult to shift. Undoubtedly the body part that the majority of women feel most self-conscious about after childbirth is the stomach. Pregnancy causes the muscles in this area to soften and stretch to accommodate the growing baby, often leaving stretch marks and a flabby or ‘doughy’ look post birth. While you shouldn’t expect results overnight, there are some simple things you can do to rectify a saggy stomach and regain your pre-pregnancy figure.
Breastfeeding is not just the best option for your baby, it’s also one of the most effective ways to shed your pregnancy weight and get yourself back into shape. Not only does breastfeeding burn up to 500 calories a day, it also stimulates the production of oxytocin, a hormone which causes the uterus to contract and eventually start to shrink back to ‘normal’, pre-birth size.
If you are unable to breastfeed, or even if you can, taking the herb Curcuma Comosa as part of a healthy diet can help strengthen and tighten the stomach muscles, replacing the tone and firmness lost through pregnancy and aiding steady, natural weight loss. Used for centuries in Thailand to treat a wide range of hormonal and gynaecological problems, Curcuma Comosa might just be the prefect post-pregnancy supplement. It helps regulate the hormones, reduce mood swings, strengthen the vaginal muscles and restore the uterus to its pre-pregnancy size, encouraging a flatter stomach in the process.
Finally, no matter how tired you are as a new mother, do not underestimate the importance of healthy diet and exercise for getting your figure back. As soon as your doctor says you are ready, incorporate some gentle, low impact exercise into your daily routine. Going for a short walk once a day will help rebuild your stamina and improve muscle tone all over your body. Eat a nutritionally balanced diet that includes plenty of wholegrain cereals, fruit, vegetables and fish, and enjoy red meat and dairy in moderation.