HOW TO REGAIN YOUR SHAPE AFTER CHILD BIRTH: Child birth results in a lot of things which includes gaining of weight. Pregnancy makes most women consume lots of food and are unable to control it, it tells a lot on their weight after they have given birth. Regaining of their previous shape becomes really hard for most women. For this reason, a few women are scared of having kids at an early age, they are scared of losing that sexy shape. This article has been designed to help nursing mothers regain the shape they had before they got pregnant and gave birth.
Below are some things to be done to help you loss weight and regain your shape:
Breastfeeding a new-born is very essential. All the nutrients a child needs to grow and thrive in the first six months of life is contained in the breast milk. It also contains important antibodies which help fight viruses and bacteria in your baby’s body. The risk of lung conditions, obesity, skin conditions, diabetes, leukemia and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), among other diseases is also drastically reduced.
In the same vein, it helps the mum lose some weight. It also helps in the contraction of the uterus, enabling it return to its normal size faster after childbirth. It also lowers your risk of getting breast cancer, type 2 diabetes, ovarian cancer and postnatal depression.
It has been shown that breastfeeding supports the weight loss of the mother especially during the first six months of delivery.
Eat Foods Rich In Fiber
Foods rich in fiber goes a long way to help nursing mothers lose weight. Soluble fiber helps keep you filled for a longer time by slowing down digestion and reducing hunger hormone level. Fiber also has an effect on digestion which could help reduce calorie intake.
Avoid Added Sugar And Refined Carbs
Sugar and refined carbs are good sources of high calories and are usually low in nutrients and you know what that means. You have forgotten, let me bring to your notice, it increases your risk of getting diabetes, heart disease and some cancers and to crown it all, increases your weight. Examples of common sources of sugar includes sugary drinks, fruit juice, cakes, any type of plain sugar, pastries, white flour, biscuits sweet spreads, and other baked goods. Avoid them.
Proteins help to boost metabolism, decrease appetite and reduce calorie intake. Protein has great thermic effect than other nutrients. This means the body consumes more energy in digesting it than other types of foods, which results in more calories burned. Healthy sources include eggs, lean meats, fish, seeds, legumes, nuts, and dairy.
Alcohol, which includes a glass of red wine, no mater how little it might be, can bestow some health benefits. Alcohol provides extra calories without nutrition when it comes to weight loss. Alcohol is relates to weight gain in the sense that it makes it possible for more fat to be stored around the organs, also known as belly fat. It could also result in a temporary reduction in breast milk volume in breastfeeding mothers. In addition, little amounts of alcohol can be passed through breast milk to your baby and that wouldn’t be nice at all.
Exercise helps improve your heart health, reduces the risk and severity of diabetes and may also reduce the risk of several types of cancer. Exercises,such as walking, jogging, running, cycling and interval training, helps you burn calories and has lots of health benefits. In other for exercises to help you lose weight, it has to be combined with healthy and the right food nutrition.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep is a criteria for losing weight after pregnancy. Being a nursing mum, getting enough sleep might pose a challenge because of your baby’s disturbance. But it doesn’t change the fact that you need enough sleep so why don’t you try this: get enough sleep whenever your baby is asleep and get friends and family to help you.
Drink Enough Water
Drinking enough water is very necessary and it is required in the human health and in weight loss. It reduces your appetite and calorie intake. Staying hydrated is very important for nursing mothers in order to replace fluids lost through milk production.