One of the biggest things I was concerned about before E was born was wether or not I’d be able to bounce back both physically and mentally. Call me vain, that’s ok. But honestly, that was a concern.
When I was pregnant I ended up gaining around 55 lbs. It stings to say it, even now. Everything I heard and read talked about 25-30 lbs being a realistic weight gain. I’m here to tell you, it doesn’t always work that way. No matter how well you eat, or work out during. Your body will do what it wants to do. You can help it but I DEFINITELY couldn’t control it.
Once E did finally make his appearance, my mind started the clock…how long would it take for me to get back to prebaby weight? When would I be able to work out the way I use to?
I’ll give you the ending to the story first…I WAS in fact able to get back to prebaby weight. In fact, I’m 5-10 lbs under (depending on the day) and holding steady.
Here’s my top 5 easy tips for getting back to your desired shape:
1. Breastfeed – The benefits for the baby and you are amazing! I did it for 9 months and wouldn’t trade that time for anything. I feel like I have a stronger bond with E because of it and I benefited from the additional calorie burn. Another tip, if you do decide to breastfeed, make sure you are drinking LOTS of water. Dehydration can present itself as hunger and staying hydrated will make sure you don’t over eat.
2. Walk (Start small) – I had a typical pregnancy which resulted in some discomfort. That in turn delayed my getting back into a routine so I did what the doctor told me I could do. I walked. I strapped E into the Bjorn and we went outside. Even walking down a couple house and kept me motivated and reminded me of the healthy habits I was trying to re-implement. Then when I was ready, I added on.
3. Dance – I know sounds sort of silly but when I had the option of sitting and rocking E to sleep or standing and swaying to some spa music, for example, I always chose to dance. E was happier and I got the benefit of burning a couple extra calories here and there. PLUS, now E loves music. Not that it is a direct correlation but when I’m not around, he can still go to sleep to the music.
4. Have LOTS of Healthy Foods prepped and ready to eat – My husband helped me keep the fridge and cabinets stocked with things that were healthy and easy to eat, hummus and wheat thins or carrots, apples, bananas, etc. You don’t always have the luxury of sitting down to a meal so when you don’t, opt for something healthy.
5. Don’t get frustrated, take it day by day – That scale will move. It will go down, but there will be days when it goes back up too and that’s ok. Remember that this will not happen overnight. Celebrate the little victories. I was so excited when I got to put my “big jeans” on. You have to learn to be your own cheerleader, not your own worst enemy. And when you need help/support, don’t be afraid to ask. I can be there for you virtually but don’t be afraid to ask for motivation from your spouse, family or friends. They’re there to help.
Ok, those are my top 5. Moms, what are you tips and tricks?