Getting back in shape after pregnancy
Getting back in shape
Above all, give your body time to recover, especially if you’re breastfeeding. Don’t go on a diet before you stop nursing and don’t do abdominal exercises until strengthening your pelvic floor. Don’t be obsessed about losing weight during the first few months after giving birth.
Be sure to complete your pelvic floor exercise sessions: by regaining a well-toned pelvic floor, you’ll avoid the later risk of urinary incontinence and organ prolapse.
- Cover up small imperfections with a concealer or foundation and take the time to use makeup to feel more polished.
- Wear clothes that make you feel confident and comfortable.
- Moisturize your face and body every day with a nourishing care product to fight dry skin.
If you have stretch marks, use a product specially formulated for deep stretch marks, which will make them less noticeable.
Take time for yourself and ask your spouse, partner, friends and family for help with the baby.
Without dieting, you can watch what you eat and adopt an especially healthy diet with a focus on fresh fruits and vegetables (at least five servings a day), lean meat or fish, whole-grain cereals and starches, and natural dairy products. But try to limit foods with high fat and sugar content.
If you feel famished, which is especially common during breastfeeding, eat lighter meals and allow yourself snacks in the morning and/or afternoon.
Getting back into your pre-pregnancy shape will be gradual. Figure on three to six months to return to your normal weight and around one year for your pre-pregnancy waist size. However, your body is no longer the same as it was before your pregnancy. Your hips may be wider, your breasts may be a different shape and your skin may have stretch marks. Learn to love your body the way it is. You’ll be most beautiful by accepting yourself the way you are!