I want my pre-baby body back!
Pregnancy may seem like a time for guilt-free snacking, but once your baby is born, shedding the excess kilos is often no easy task.
Still, where there's a will, there's a way. Here are five strategies for getting back to your pre-baby shape:
1. Be patient
Martha Coopersmith, owner of The Bodysmith, a personal-fitness company, urges new mums to cut themselves some slack. "You might not lose weight immediately, and that's okay," Coopersmith says. But you shouldn't put off resuming your healthy lifestyle indefinitely. A safe rate of weight loss after pregnancy is an average of 500g per week.
2. Get fit, baby!
"Keep the nappy bag packed at all times so you can pop your baby in the stroller and take a long walk," Coopersmith says. If you enjoyed running or jogging before the baby, invest in a jogging stroller. Even just carrying bub around can help you burn more kilojoules.
3. Stick to 'tried and true'
Do what worked for you in the past. If you never liked salads before, that's ok. Make wise choices with the foods you love. If you never liked walking on a treadmill, don't buy one now just for the convenience. Loved the gym? Join one that offers babysitting while you do your class or workout.
4. Find time for yourself
New mum, Mandy, has made "mum-only" time a priority. Her daughter's grandparents are happy to step in so Mandy can have time to focus on her health and her weight loss. She also uses her free hours to de-stress. Getting regular manicures ("at my heaviest weight, at least my fingers looked good!"), exercising daily and sitting down to a quiet, nutritious meal all help recapture her sense of balance and control.
5. Don't make excuses - make changes
Gaining excess weight during pregnancy isn't for women only. Dan packed on 30kg after his wife became pregnant. "I ate everything in sight right along with her," Dan says. "With any lifestyle change - getting married, giving birth, etc, you have to restructure your health habits," Dan says. "Now I get up a half-hour before everyone else and walk." Dan's biggest tip to men? "You can be a supportive husband without eating along with your wife."
Mandy is equally proud of her loss; she now weighs less than she did before her pregnancy. The moment when it became clear she'd win her weight battle: "The day my wedding band fit on my finger again was one of the proudest of my life."
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This article was originally written for Kidspot.com.au in conjunction with Weight Watchers as part of their Positively Life Changing initiative.