Pregnancy is an event to celebrate! But as we all know, pregnancy, no matter how joyful it can be, comes with a few changes that you have to keep up with. One of these is your growing body. Sure, looking big is a-okay when you are pregnant, but it can make you self- conscious once you have already given birth.
Since we know how hard it can be for you to get back in shape after pregnancy, we have provided some post pregnancy workout and diet tips below.
The first step to getting back into shape after pregnancy is having a healthy diet. To help you out, here are some diet tips that you may need:
Eat super foods.
It is recommended that you opt for foods that are low in fats and calories and opt for ones that are rich in the nutrients that you need. Some of the superfoods recommended are fishes (rich in omega fatty acids), yogurt and milk (rich in calcium), beans, meat and chicken (rich in protein).
Breastfeed your baby.
Some studies have shown that breastfeeding your baby can help you get back in shape a lot faster. This is because your body needs extra 300 calories to provide your baby the nutrition that he needs.
Drinking enough water speeds up your metabolism and make you feel full for longer, causing you to eat less than you normally would.
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Post Pregnancy Workout Exercises to Try
And of course, no new mother can get back into shape without performing any post pregnancy workout exercises. Here are some of the best exercises that have been proven to help you lose weight:
To do Kegels, sit on a bench with feet shoulder-width apart. Place hands on hip and contract the pelvic muscles and stand up. Hold position and sit on the bench again then release position.
This is the best exercise if you are trying to ease your way into a fitness routine. Do some gentle walking for five minutes to half an hour during the first few weeks after giving birth. You can increase it to an hour after a month.
Lie on your back with feet flat on the floor, knees bent and arms on the side. Using your core and butt muscles, lift your butt off the floor. Do this as high as you can and do Kegels at the top of the bridge. Hold the position for 3 seconds and slowly go back to starting position.
Lie on your back and lift your torso to about halfway between the floor and your knees. Try to reach towards your knees and hold for 2-5 seconds. Slowly go back to original position.
Place your hands and toes on the floor. Bring your lower chest to about an inch from the ground by bending your elbows. Go back to starting position by straightening your arms.
With these simple fitness and diet tips, you can get back to your pre-pregnancy shape and weight in no time!
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