When you finally get the go-ahead from your doc to start exercising after having your baby (usually at about six to eight weeks postpartum), you may find it hard to leave your little one to fit in some exercise. That doesn't mean you have to abandon all hopes for getting your prebaby body back. Here are some must haves for new moms to help you drop the pounds you gained during pregnancy.
As a mother of a nine month old, I've been spending time with lots of mommas lately. I've found that besides chatting about diapers, teething, and lack of sleep, we all tend to mourn over the loss of our pre-pregnancy bods. Even if we did lose the baby weight in the beginning, our busy schedules make it hard to find time to exercise and eat right, so it seems inevitable to gain a pound here and there.
If this sounds familiar, I've put together some tips and reminders to help you get your body back (and keep it!).
- Don't finish their meals or snacks. A few extra bites really add up so pack up the leftovers and save them for next time.
- Don't eat just because they are. Kids are really active and since they're often too busy to sit down and enjoy a full meal, they end up eating little bits several times a day. That doesn't mean you should reach for a cereal bar too. Stick to your regular eating schedule to avoid consuming extra calories.
- Don't use high calorie treats as rewards. You're more likely to end up rewarding yourself as well.
After seeing photos of Jessica Alba's rockin' body just two months after she gave birth, Tori Spelling's initial reaction was disbelief that she, too, would be able to quickly bounce back to her pre-pregnancy weight. Tori had gained 50 pounds during her second pregnancy, and after giving birth just six months ago, the mother of two is sporting a teeny bikini in In Touch magazine.
Six months is longer than the time it took Jessica Alba to shed her baby weight, but losing weight is not a race. This is the mentality that enabled Tori to lose weight healthfully and at her own pace. Here are the highlights from Tori's In Touch bikini feature.
Her diet: While losing weight, Tori didn't count calories but watched what she ate. She said, "Breakfast was yogurt, fruit and nuts. Lunch was homemade soup with a sweet potato or soy milk base. We'd snack on celery and peanut butter, and then I'd make lean protein with vegetables for dinner." Her maintenance plan involves three well-balanced meals each day with snacks in between, and she'll indulge on her cheat days.
To see what she did for exercise, read more
While the new mom in your life might be sleep deprived, chances are high she still wants to work out. Here are some goodies I wish I had when my girls were newborns, so I think any new mom would love them too.
- Baobei Active: Nursing Sports Bra: This nursing sports bra looks fabulous and offers support, function, and style. The ease of the crisscross front makes breastfeeding quick and easy. This bra is a must for boot camp moms, moms on the go, or any mom working to get her body back after baby.
- Strollometer: The Strollometer is a wireless speedometer that attaches to a stroller. It includes every function a new strolling mom could use: current speed, average speed, maximum speed, trip distance, daily distance, trip time, real clock time and ambient temperature. The Strollometer should fit any stroller out there and clips right to the handlebars so a new mom knows how many miles she has logged over the course of a day.
- Yoga Ma Baby Ga DVD: This yoga DVD is designed to help new moms incorporate their babies into their yoga practice. It comes with multiple viewing options; one includes a large screen format with images to entertain the baby, with a small screen in the corner of the yoga poses for mom to follow. It reminds me of Baby Einstein meets mommy yoga.