Having a baby is a life-changing event, and it can also have an influence on your body shape in the short-term.
Getting back into shape and looking the same as you did before you were pregnant is perfectly possible if you follow a few tips and options for returning your body back to its old self.
The glossy magazines and internet sites seem to be filled with post-pregnancy celebrity mothers who seem to have their old body back in almost no time at all; but you should definitely add a dose of realism to those images and understand that many of us don’t have the lifestyle that allows us to achieve such rapid weight loss so soon after giving birth.
Many of these celebrities you see don’t have the same level of weight gain during pregnancy as the average woman and unless you have an entourage of helpers such as a full-time nanny, chef and fitness trainer that gives you the time to devote to getting back into shape; you need to consider a more sensible strategy that is achievable for the majority of new mothers.
Probably one of the worst things that you could do post-pregnancy is to try to lose weight too soon.
This will often result in your feeling exhausted, and it will probably have the adverse effect of discouraging you in your efforts and prolonging the period that you carry the baby weight for.
If you are breastfeeding your baby, you will need a calorie intake close to 2,000 calories, and anything less would not be a good idea and especially when you consider that you are less likely to produce quality milk if you deny yourself during those first few weeks.
Breastfeeding actually burns calories so it can even help you lose some extra weight.
The benefits of exercise
Postpartum dieting might not appeal when you need to keep your energy levels up and maybe getting back into an exercise routine might not immediately appeal, but there are several good reasons why you should try to exercise.
The advice on exercising has changed a fair amount in recent times, and where it was once considered a bit risky, the American College of Obstetricians have even begun to promote the idea of exercise as a key health factor in new moms.
One of the other good reasons why you might want to consider exercise shortly after birth is the fact that studies suggest that it could help ease and combat the depressive symptoms that can sometimes affect women in the first few weeks and months of motherhood.
Listen to your body
You know your body better than anyone else, and that is why it is essential to interpret what it is saying to you.
In just the same way that only you should decide that you want to consider some cosmetic improvements (click here for details) and then seek professional guidance, you need to listen to your body about how much exercise feels right.
Getting back into shape is a key goal, and it is something that is perfectly achievable if you set about it in the right way.
Dr. Kevin Rughe is a qualified Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He always enjoys the opportunity to connect with an online audience and has already written many informative articles for other relevant websites.