The average woman gains around 25-35 pounds during her pregnancy. This extra weight is essential for a healthy mother and baby, but many women struggle to get back into shape for months, and even years after the birth. While the health of you and your new baby should always remain the central focus, there are a number of highly effective things you can do to shed the extra pounds, regain muscle tone and add firmness, without spending hours in the gym away from your newborn.
Breastfeeding is one of the simplest and most effective ways to regain your figure after pregnancy. Not only is breastfeeding mutually beneficial for you and your baby, it also burns a surprising amount of calories. If you breastfeed 6-8 times daily you can expect to burn as much as 500 calories – that’s equivalent to a steady weight loss of around a pound a week.
2. Take a herbal supplement
Prescribed for centuries for post-natal women in Thailand, Curcuma Comosa has been shown to reverse some of the undesirable physical changes that occur during and after pregnancy, helping women to tone their bodies and regain their figures after childbirth. The herb grows natively across much of Asia, and is a sub-species of the Ginger plant family. Taken regularly, extract of Curcuma Comosa can help strengthen and tighten the stomach muscles, speeding up your body’s recovery after childbirth.
3. Plan healthy meals
As a new mother, your baby’s meal-time takes priority over yours. With little time or energy to prepare healthy meals, it can be tempting to rely on convenience packaged dinners and junk food to get you through the day. However, eating healthily does not have to have to be time consuming and neglecting your own healthy eating habits will only make you feel more fatigued. Grilled fish, rice and green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli are low calorie foods that can be prepared in as little as half an hour, and will provide balanced nutrition and slow release energy during this important adjustment period.
4. Light exercise
When you’re feeling strong enough, get back into a routine of regular, light exercise as soon as you can. Even if all you do is go for a short gentle walk with your baby every day, remaining active will help regulate your weight, while strengthening your muscles and toning your figure.