When it comes to weight reduction after giving birth, it’s true when they say that a new baby will change your life forever. However, they didn’t tell you it would also change your body forever. Well, hopefully it’s not really forever. You would be surprised by looking around at all the moms around you to know that probably ALL of them have struggled with their body at least in some way after giving birth.
You probably want to know why weight loss after giving birth is taking such a long time (especially to shrink your belly down again). After all, the baby is not in there any more, so is the rest of it really all fat? Yes, it probably is.
Your body can be the same as it used to be, but there are 3 obstacles to weight reduction after giving birth that most new moms must tackle before getting their sexy body back again.
#1) Utter Exhaustion
As a new mother, you probably feel like the weight of the world is gently resting on your shoulders now.
You have a new baby to care for 24 hours a day and it seems like they never sleep. You are burping them, feeding them, changing dozens of diapers a day, and trying to keep the house clean at the same time. It’s no wonder you are super tired all the time.
You definitely need some “me time” and down time if you want weight loss after giving birth and also to get through this while keeping your sanity in check. If you are breast feeding, your chances of being even more exhausted go up, because the nutrients in your milk are now going to your baby. Just be aware you should provide your body with top nutrient foods and try to get in as many little naps as possible during the day to keep your energy level high.
#2) No Time
You probably feel you have little to no time to do anything you want (or need) to do other than care for your new young infant. If you have no time, you probably won’t be able to squeeze in some exercises for your weight loss after giving birth. Just take advantage of any time you do have, and please don’t be afraid of splitting up your workouts into little bite sized pieces throughout the day, rather than one long workout. You can even do a little exercise every day or 2 rather than each day.
Another obstacle for weight reduction after giving birth that you really need to be on the alert for is moodiness. As a new mother you will have your hormones be a little wacky for a while, and you may be feeling sad, or even deal with something a little more serious such as postpartum depression.
A great way to start feeling happier is to begin exercising. Exercising will release the “feel happy” chemicals in your brain that will make you start grinning from ear to ear again in no time. Plus, you will begin to shed the pounds quickly.