If you have recently given birth, you are probably really excited to finally have your new baby in your arms. But we are sure that you are equally excited to get rid of your now flabby tummy. Below are some tried and tested ways to get rid of your bump, and some additional blubber.
Talk to your doctor
So your birth went well. Your baby is as cute as a button and you can’t wait to start your new life as a new mom. But before you start claiming the yummy mummy title, there are a few things that you need to do. If you had a C-Section, then you may have to put off exercise for at least eight weeks, so that you can give your body enough time to heal and return to its normal self. Talk to your doctor about resuming exercise during your six week check-up.
Not only is breastfeeding great for your baby, giving her the antibodies she will need to fight infection, but breastfeeding has several other benefits including helping you lose additional weight. Letting your baby suckle induces the hormone oxytocin, which causes the uterus to shrink and return to its normal size. The non-pregnant uterus is the size of a thumb. During pregnancy it stretches to the size of the baby – about the size of a grapefruit. Six weeks postpartum it is the size of a pear. If you want to have an absolutely flat tummy after pregnancy, then your uterus has to shrink back to its normal size, which happens a lot quicker for breastfeeding moms.
Bind your tummy
Most moms will tell you that a great way to get your midriff back is to bind it tightly. These days there are post pregnancy belts that you can wear. But before these belts, women would use a towelling nappy around their waist to assist it to go back to flat. This method dates back thousands of years, and still works today. Pack your pregnancy belt into your hospital bag and bind your tummy as soon as possible. Even a scarf can be used. Just tie it really tightly around your abdomen several times. Also remember to wear it religiously. Remember to tie it tightly but you should still be able to breathe.
Your baby is finally sleeping to schedule and you have accepted your lack of sleep. Now it’s time for a new routine. Include exercise into your daily must do list. Any kind of exercise is good enough. Start by lightly walking to help build your stamina and regain muscle tone that you lost while you were pregnant. But remember to discuss whether or not you can start exercising with your doctor first. Walking is a really good way to start. It will also give you a chance to get some alone time, and some fresh air. You may even be able to take your baby with on a stroll around the neighbourhood. Your baby might enjoy the walk so much she falls asleep in the stroller.
A well balanced diet will help you eat your tummy flat. Drink plenty of water, and cut down on high fat, lots of sugar and foods that are high in calories. Eat nutrient rich foods from the five food groups namely:
- Whole grains – bread, cereal, rice and pasta
- Vegetables and fruit
- Protein — fish, meat, poultry, beans, eggs, and nuts
- Dairy – cheese, milk, yogurt
- Fats, oils and sweets – olive oil, omega 3 rich oily fish
Make sure you eat foods from each group every day in reasonable proportions.
Carbohydrates in the form of healthy sugars such as pasta, grains, and fruit should supply around 50-55% of your total calorie intake.
Healthy fats such as salmon, avocadoes and vegetable oils should supply around 30% of your total calorie intake.
Protein such as cottage cheese, tofu, lentils and meat should make up about 15-20% of your daily calorie intake.
Remember you just gave birth to a beautiful baby, and your body helped to grow your bundle of joy. Be patient with your body, if you keep doing all of this, you will get a flat tummy very soon, but it definitely won’t happen overnight.