Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Getting Back in Shape

One of the hardest things to do after having your baby or babies is getting back into shape.

A celebrity give us this idea that it is so easy and happens quickly after giving birth, but most recently we have seen from Kate Middleton that celebrities are just like us. Celebrities still leave the hospital in maternity clothes, still wear maternity clothes in their family pictures, and yes they do have to work at it to lose weight. I know big shock!

It is very unrealistic to think that after a few weeks you will bounce right back and be in your size 6 jeans. It took 9 months for you to put on that weight, so no need to stress about it days after giving birth.

If you are breastfeeding dieting is not a good idea from the start, you need to actually consume more calories, 1800-2000, to keep healthy and provide for your baby.  Breastfeeding not only provided nourishment for my daughters, but also helped me lose weight both times.

Once I was past my six weeks postpartum, I was able to start exercising along with breastfeeding. Taking a long walk in the early mornings or evenings and pushing Gracey in her stroller was great exercise for me. The stroller can act as a piece of exercise equipment as well. There are mommy and baby workout classes all throughout the area or you can make up your own mommy/baby exercise program.

Bring motivated and dedicated to whatever exercise program you choose is the key to getting back to your pre-pregnancy weight. It takes time but in the end being healthy for your baby and family is one of the most important things you can do for them.

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