How To Transform Your Body After Giving Birth
Giving birth is one of the most noble and selfless things a mother can do. Sacrificing your health and body you once knew to bring a life into this world is amazing. For many mums, the idea of getting back a body they love can seem like a distant dream, but it is possible to feel confident and love your body again.
Snapping back is not a term many like to use, but it can be a good motivator to help you envision the end goal of the healthy habits you will be implementing. In this blog post, we will share some of these steps you can take to not only feel good in your body again but to also love your body more than you ever thought possible! Take a look at the following suggestions:
Exercise for 30 minutes a day
First things first, you will not see a good level of change without spending a short period of time each day exercising. This does not mean you have to do hours of HIIT workouts to drop 1000 calories a day. This can be as simple as doing 30 minutes of pilates and yoga at home whilst your baby is sleeping. Perhaps your partner is happy to look after your newborn whilst you go to a weight class with your friends at the gym. However you do it and however you make time for it, start with at least 30 minutes of dedicated exercise each day.
Have a balanced nutritious diet
Diet is queen, second to you of course. No quick turnaround will happen without maintaining a balanced and nutritious diet. This means limiting any processed foods, having lots of protein and also having lots of nutrient-rich foods to help repair and restore your body after the trauma it has been through. You do not need to starve yourself to drop the extra fat, eating large meals consisting of lots of nutrients will help you lose a lot more weight than one meal a day ever will!
Get as much rest as possible
Your body needs time to rest after giving birth. Getting your energy levels back up to even feel ready to exercise is an important part of getting your body back in shape. A newborn can massively reduce the amount of sleep you get, so make sure you try to sleep whenever your baby is asleep. The extra snooze will do you good!
Go for mum walks
Walking should not be underestimated. With a newborn, walking is one of the easiest ways to get out of the house, send them to sleep, and also get some cardiovascular exercise in without putting your body under too much stress. Walk anywhere and everywhere during the day, and aim for at least 10,000 steps a day!
Consider cosmetic procedures
Once you are starting to see the fat shed off your body, you might experience some loose skin in those areas. Genetically some people have more elasticity meaning this quickly shrinks, but for others, it can be permanent. Treatments such as mummy makeovers are designed to smooth out these areas when new mothers have gone through pregnancies. This should be an informed decision however and should not be included in anyone else’s thoughts.
Overall, being a new mother comes with its ups and downs. It will take time to get to a body you love, and it may even require plastic surgery in Manchester, but feeling good in your own skin makes it worthwhile.