Weight-Loss After Pregnancy: Workout + Nutrition Tips

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The following is written by guest blogger, Roxana Oliver of High Style Life.

Most pregnant women are anxious about losing weight after having their baby, and while we know it is not easy, it is definitely possible. Still, it requires some good will, determination, persistence, and creativity. It is important to sync your workout regime with eating the right foods that will give you energy, and also help you lose that baby weight. Here are a few tips.

1. Get Nutrients

The most important thing is to get the right nutrients, so that you have more energy. Every day you should eat foods from each of the major five food groups: vegetables, fruits, breads and cereals, dairy products, and meat (including fish and eggs). For the best results, you should consult with your doctor to get a complete guide to workout nutrition.

The healthiest foods to eat are items with high nutritious values. Salmon is the best way to go when thinking of including good fats into your diet, blueberries and oranges are packed with vitamins and minerals, and would make for a perfect snack. Brown rice, eggs, and whole-wheat bread contain folic acid, so these items are definitely something you should incorporate into your diet. Low-fat dairy is ideal for vitamins D, B and calcium, while lean beef provides you iron and vitamin B12. Be sure to drink lots of water too.

2. Get Down To It – Basics First

One of the major issues for new moms is that they can’t leave their baby with just anyone to go exercise. Luckily, you can exercise at home with the baby around. The first thing you should focus on is recovering your pelvic floor – muscles, ligaments, and tissues stretching from your pubic bone at the front, to your spine at the back. It is a priority to get them in shape first. These will have overstretched and weakened due to heavy weight and might cause you to leak pee when coughing, sneezing, and exercising, so it is a priority to get them in shape first.

3. Get Rolling

You can do a lot at home when you organize yourself well. While the baby is napping, you can get a workout in! Start by warming up, and do some squats, floor bridges, bridge lifts, cancan crosses, lunges, crunch beat, windmills, and so on. If you are strong enough, you can do push-ups and the plank-pose. For a flatter tummy, strengthen your core first from the inside out. It is a good idea to get some dumbbells. Start off easy, but increase the difficulty of the workout when it becomes unchallenging– you will need strong arms for all those mommy duties.

4. Get Out in the Fresh Air

You will need some cardio to burn the fat, and you can choose between fast walking, running, and cycling for at least half an hour a day. The best option is to go outside and exercise while getting some fresh air; you can even take the baby along as well. You can do you fast walking and even jogging while pushing the stroller, or there are adorable bicycle baby carriers you can get.

5. Get Back Into Balance

A great way to get in touch with your internal self, with your emotions, and work out at the same time is by taking up yoga. It will keep you emotionally and mentally balanced while burning calories at the same time. Postnatal yoga lets moms and babies practice together, so you might want to check it out.

Before you start your exercise regime, consult your doctor to make sure it is safe for you to do so. Most women are able to start working out just six weeks after childbirth, and there are many light exercises you can start with even earlier. Remember, you can do it!

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