The first thing you should know before you start working on your recovery is that everything that has happened to your body is normal and, no matter how gross or unattractive you might feel, it won’t be forever. Recovering from childbirth takes time. The worst thing you could do to your body after you’ve just had a baby is put even more stress onto it, so don’t force yourself to over exercise or starve yourself to get back to your normal size. If your patience and keep your focus on your health rather than your appearance you’ll find that your body will naturally start returning to its normal shape.
It’s important to be delicate with your body after childbirth. While it is important to exercise after giving birth, strenuous exercise while you’re still in recovery can put you at risk of complications. So, keep exercise light. It all starts with some gentle walks and stretches. When you do start exercising again, focus on exercises that will tone your body rather than cardio. Your body is delicate, so you need to slowly build up your strength and tighten the muscles that might have loosened. Your back and stomach are some key areas to exercise and pelvic floor exercises are especially important. While some women find it easier to undergo vaginal tightening procedures, you should remember that your vagina consists of muscles that can be tightened and toned in the same way as the rest of your body. With daily pelvic exercises the bruising from childbirth will heal faster, you’ll need to use the toilet less frequently and, if you decide to have another child, your next pregnancy will be less painful.
It’s important after childbirth to keep eating regularly. Crash dieting can ruin your metabolism, reducing the likelihood of you actually losing weight and maintaining it. Instead of cutting back on food, start switching out fatty foods for foods that will benefit you. If you’re breastfeeding it’s also necessary to think about the foods that will benefit your child. Salmon, for example, contains a healthy fat called DHA which is crucial for the development of your baby’s immune system. A minimum of one and a maximum of two servings of salmon a week will help your baby stay healthy and will help you slim down. To keep your metabolism up you should snack during the day on healthy, low fat foods like legumes, blueberries and oranges which are all also important for your baby’s diet. Dairy, lean beef, brown rice, leafy greens and fortified whole-grain cereals are excellent parts of a healthy diet, so swap some of your less healthy foods for some of these when you can.
While you’re adopting a healthy diet it’s also a good time to kick your caffeine addiction if you didn’t manage to do so during your pregnancy. Caffeine will dehydrate you and reduce your milk production as well as enter your breast milk and cause you to be irritable. Instead, drink plenty of water throughout the day and pick up some metabolism boosting green tea which will help you lose weight and do wonders for your health.