This is a request from another fervent Fat Creep follower.
I have never had a baby myself but the research I've just done will hopefully prepare me for balancing being a mum with being hot.
Losing weight after having a baby is different to losing weight under other circumstances because your nutrition affects the baby and the hormonal changes can make you moody and therefore more likely to give in to temptations.
1. Eat nutritiously whilst you are pregnant and continue afterwards
Pregnancy is not a time to be dieting. That said, lots of people use being pregnant as an excuse to eat lots of junk. If anything you should be eating more nutritiously than ever. Everything that you eat passes from you to the baby. Monitor your cravings. If you want cake, make it yourself - supermarket-bought cake contains preservatives that you don't want to pass on to the baby.
2. Empty your cupboards of all junk food
It's likely that you'll mostly be housebound in the first few weeks after birth. If you don't have any unhealthy snacks around you can't give in to temptation.
3. Simple exercises count
It will be tough to do any hardcore exercises initially because you'll be exhausted, your body will be going through a lot of hormonal changes and you simply won't have the time. If you're used to being very active you might feel annoyed that you can't do more but you need to be content with doing exercises like lifting light weights and going for walks.
Try to do three 10-minute bouts of exercise a day, four days a week. That's good start.
4. Get an exercise DVD or find a fitness channel
It can be fun. With a DVD or fitness channel you won't have to come up with your own exercise.
5. Don't feel guilty about handing the baby over to someone else so you can go out to get some exercise
Is your husband doing his fair share of the work?
Yes you are a mum but there's nothing wrong with wanting to have time for you. Even within the first week there's nothing wrong with you leaving the house to exercise. It's likely that grandma and grandpa will be around at the start; let them have some alone time with the baby.
Breastfeeding burns an extra 500 calories per day. That alone is a great reason to breastfeed. I don't know why everyone doesn't do it. Some people claim to have dropped all their baby weight by breastfeeding alone.
The calories you burn will fall as you start to wean the baby.
7. Get support
Boredom stimulates the appetite. As exciting as having a baby is, you do need mental stimulation from adults. Join mother's support groups. If possible, invite a friend or relative to come and stay with you in the months following the birth. Having company means you'll have more time for you.
I hope the above helps. If you're a mum please share any extra tips with us.
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