It's only natural to want to jump straight back to your pre-pregnancy body. But give yourself a break! Your body just made a baby, and it will need time to recover and get back in shape.
The fastest way to a flat stomach after pregnancy is through healthy nutrition, getting adequate sleep, breastfeeding, exercise and decreasing stress. Giving your body a little time along with understanding more about how these health habits can play a role in getting that flat belly back.
Easier said than done, right? It’s challenging to get adequate sleep with a newborn, but as your little one allows you to sleep more it is extremely important for your long-term heath, plus, has a positive affect on maintaining healthy weight and weight loss.
If it works for both you and your baby, breastfeeding is a great way to burn extra calories and bond with your baby. Especially in those first months after giving birth, breastfeeding can greatly improve weight loss.
Limit your intake of sugary/starchy foods (sweets, grains, breads and fake sugars). Sugar causes inflammation in the body, and gluten and possibly dairy for many can cause bloating, slowing down the return of your flat belly.
Inflammation can affect your metabolism and hormones so decreasing those inflammatory foods can help speed up your progress. In addition, follow these other healthy eating tips:
Get out and move your body! Exercise is great for decreasing stress, and decreasing stress can also make losing weight easier. The key is choosing exercises that makes you feel more energized afterwards, while avoiding workouts that zap your energy.
All of these muscles need to work together for optimal function of your core. Focusing on re-strengthening your core postpartum, even before starting “abdominal” exercises, is something you can practice throughout your day while sitting, standing and exercising. Follow these tips:
Your sleep, nutrition, exercise and hormones all play have a role in your stress. This is why all these components are very important in health. Keeping stress levels low can drastically improve ease of weight loss after pregnancy. Just think how much better you'll feel, too!
Always listen to your body, if something feels off it probably is. Take a look over your sleep, nutrition and exercise habits and see where you can start implementing small changes to see big improvements and be on your way back to that flat stomach after pregnancy.