Don’t fall for the myth that new mothers can’t lose weight or go back to their pre-pregnancy shape. With the right habits and tips, not only can you lose weight, but you can also be healthier and more energetic.
Just don’t rush yourself into it as it’s important to always go through your confinement period and fully recover from your childbirth before embarking on this weight management journey. To help you with this, let’s look at 5 easy and practical tips to lose your postpartum weight.
If you will be practising traditional confinement, we recommend the Tropical Herbs Post Natal Care Set. It comes in a complete package that has various important products for internal and external health that a new mum needs to recover from childbirth.
There are 11 products for new mothers to consume throughout her confinement which includes herbal tea and pills, massage oil, a scrub and even a calming spray among other things. The set also comes with a cloth binder that uses an effective cross-bond method which can help tighten the torso and buttocks so that new mothers can return to their pre-pregnancy body easily.
There’s a weight loss secret exclusive to new mothers: breastfeeding. Multiple researches have shown that breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months is not only good for the baby but also helps mothers burn between 300 and 500 calories a day.
Source: Jarlenski, M. P., Bennett, W. L., Bleich, S. N., Barry, C. L., & Stuart, E. A. (2014). Effects of breastfeeding on postpartum weight loss among U.S. women. Preventive medicine, 69, 146–150. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypme...
Why? Well, you are encouraged to consume more vegetables, fruits and grains to ensure you get the nutrition your body needs. When looking to lose weight, choose to reduce sugar in your diet and instead, consume salmon, tuna, milk, and yoghurt, as well as other high in calcium and protein food items. Choose to eat smaller portions for optimised fat burning too.
Source: Fowles, E. R., & Walker, L. O. (2006). Correlates of Dietary Quality and Weight Retention in Postpartum Women. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 23(3), 183–197. http://www.jstor.org/stable/20...
Yoga is among the exercises recommended for new mothers especially during confinement. Not only is yoga synonymous with breathing techniques that calms the mind, but it also encourages physical movement. An exercise that won’t break your back (we hope!), yoga will help you burn fat effectively. Some of the postures are also known to relieve abdominal and hip muscle tightness and at the same time help those who practice it to get back in shape in a safer and healthier way.
Source: Dr. Sabiha Anjum (Obstetrician and Gynaecologist) (March 2018), After Delivery – Getting Back into Shape After Childbirth, Parenting.Firtcry.com
Though the weight management journey ahead may seem daunting, we hope that by observing and practicing these tips – you will not give up on shedding that extra weight! So, mummies – we wish you good luck!
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