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I’m no weight-loss expert. In fact, my 4th baby postpartum body at 36 isn’t snapping back quite like my 1st baby postpartum body did at 28. Humph.
I do have a few weight-loss tricks up my sleeve, however. Provided you’ve maintained a healthy pregnancy weight, losing that weight doesn’t have to be torture. Before you set your sights on your pre-pregnant body, though, remember a couple of things:
- It took 9 months to put it on; it’s not going to come off overnight.
- Your body sustained and nourished a life! What a beautiful miracle; take it easy on yourself.
The following methods won’t get you perfectly toned, but implementing these tips (note to self: take your own advice!) should put you well on your way to less postpartum pudge without costing time, money, or discomfort (as in lots of sweat and sore muscles).
I know this doesn’t work for everyone, but breastfeeding baby does more than nourish your child with the perfect food. It’s a natural way to shrink the uterus back to its pre-baby size (yes, you’ll feel it, and yes, it gets more uncomfortable with each baby). It’s also an amazing calorie burner. Eat a sensible diet while breastfeeding and the pounds will likely melt off rather quickly.
Give yourself a break from P90X and 30 Day Shred for a few weeks, but don’t just sit there until your 6 week postpartum check. Go for a walk as early and as often as possible. Nothing fancy, nothing fast. Just move. It will be great for your body and your spirit. Daddy can handle all things baby for 30 minutes a day.
Brush your teeth.
To lose weight? Yes. When I keep my mouth fresh and clean I am less likely to randomly stuff it with a treat here and there. Brushing my teeth takes about the same amount of time as eating a not-so-good-for-me snack, too. And in those early weeks? Let’s face it. A shower isn’t always happening. A clean mouth goes a long way to feeling a bit more human during the day.
Lots of water. Those postpartum hormones are wild, and drinking lots of water helps flush them out. It also keeps you moving since your bladder will fill quicker, and you need the extra water for breastfeeding anyway. Water truly is my “miracle drug of choice.”
I know this one flies in the face of conventional weight loss wisdom. Here’s the thing. We all know that when we eat in front of the tv or computer or while reading or whatever, we eat more, right? That’s not necessarily a bad thing, if what we’re eating more of is a healthy food. If you struggle to fill up on the fresh fruits and veggies, eat them while your mind is occupied with something else. It works! Save the treats for when you can savor them.
How did you purge the post-baby pounds?