I want my (pre) baby body back!

By LUCY HERCUS, MAMAWAY MATERNITY

Beginning to feel inclined to want your old body back? It’s not about being a Victoria Secret model, it’s about being you again. Take a look at these tips.

1. Breastfeed
Get your baby on the breast and nourish her, knowing that the road to your own body-bounce is here and legit - It turns out that breastfeeding burns calories - a staggering 500-700 of them each day. Fat-busting at it’s best and not bad for bonding either.

2. Get some sleep
A disturbed sleep cycle, much like that imposed upon you by your newborn, trashes your metabolism and makes it difficult to lose pregnancy weight, according to Sheah Rarback, MS, RD, Nutritionist

So, if you’re battling the bulge to no avail, try napping when baby does, and you could be moving a step closer to your goal.

Bed-head at 3 o’clock in the afternoon? ’I’ve been working on my abs!’, you’ll say.

3. Eat well
Unfortunately, there’s still no research justifying the nutritional value of a potato chip. Tammy Baker MS, Dietitian says to make sure you’re eating a variety of lean protein and whole grain foods, fresh fruit and vegetables.

If you’re inclined to dive for a Mars Bar when you’re hungry, it will send your blood-sugar levels on a roller-coaster ride. Avoid the temptation and have healthy foods in easy reach. Also, load up on low-fat dairy snacks - studies have shown that calcium can help fight fat. Win!

Do your best girls, but don’t beat yourself up, a slip-up is inevitable and certainly not the end of the world.

4. Get a belly band
It’s crazy that a teeny tiny newborn can feel as heavy as they do. The truth? your abdominal muscles are cactus and your body is trying to live without them.

Whilst you work on your fitness and strength, invest in a belly band. It will help aid the recovery of your abdominal muscles and support you, whilst you get your body back on track.

If you were once a sporty spice, this accessory will give you a greater sense of security as you get back in the swing.

5. Go for a power walk
This is where the rubber literally hits the road, and you won't even need a babysitter!

You don’t need to spend money or have a schedule nailed down to make the most of a power walk. Take a brisk stroll with the pram or pop baby in a soft carrier and head out.

Achieve some errands whilst you’re on-the-go; pound the pavement with another mum-friend; or simply enjoy your baby, the fresh air and the admiring looks :)

Get into a habit of walking and your body (and mind) will thank you.

Over the past year, your body has achieved some border-line supernatural feats. Be kind. Be gentle and DON’T get trapped in the comparison game.

Just as your baby receives enormous benefit from a daily rhythm, so will your body appreciate some routine attention.

Go get ‘em, Angels!

Note: The views and advice expressed on this blog post are those of the author and are not representative of the Pregnancy Babies & Children's Expo.

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