Okay, don’t hate me, but I didn’t gain that much weight with Owen. Only 16 lbs, most of which was gone shortly after his birth. Maybe that makes me less qualified to write on this topic? Despite not having to work hard to lose weight, I’ve still had to work my butt off to get my body back to where it was before. That post-pregnancy pooch did not want to leave.
So, here I am, one year postpartum and I’m just now feeling like my body is back to normal—one year! It’s a good reminder that healing really is a process, so don’t forget that!
How to Get your Body Back Post-Baby
Ease Into It
After I was cleared at my 6 week appointment, I was anxious to get back to working out! The first exercise I did was yoga. It was gentle, restorative and felt good to stretch my body out in a warm room. It’s tempting to go full-force into workout mode, but remember, you had a baby SIX WEEKS ago, so don’t overdo it. When you’re breastfeeding and up all night, intense workouts can make you even more exhausted, and really, who wants to feel even more tired in those early months?
I remember a few months after he was born, I was back to my normal weight, but I kept looking in the mirror at my stomach wondering if it would ever look the same. A tip now that I’ve gone through it, don’t worry about it. If you take care of yourself and eat well, it will eventually go back to normal. I mean, a little different, but pretty normal!
Give it Time
Goodness woman, you created, grew and birthed a human—do NOT forget that! Remember how long that took? Yea, so don’t get too caught up in the fact that it’s taking longer than a few months to get back to normal. I’m just now a year postpartum and finally feel like my body is back to normal.
Tweak your Diet
When exercise isn’t cutting it, make tweaks to your diet. I’ve been reading Liver Rescue and one tip for helping your liver detox is to not consume any fats before lunch time. This means my breakfast is fruit, sometimes a sweet potato and sautéed greens. Cutting out that fat in the morning has helped with bloating and also makes my muscles look so much more defined.
I do eat healthy fats the rest of the day, but I’ve been amazed at the difference I’ve noticed in how I look and feel just by making that one small tweak!
Your body just did one of the most miraculous things ever. Don’t forget that. Give yourself a break and find a way to appreciate and love your new body and what all it’s brought for you and your family. It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of bouncing back after birth, but I think we all need to relax a bit and relish in the fact that we’re all superwomen, so treat yourself that way. Cut out the negative thinking and talking down and instead recite a short mantra that reminds you that you’re proud of your body and what it can do! These small mental shifts can be so huge!
Like with most things, the more consistent you are with exercising and eating healthy, the sooner you’ll see results. And, the longer they’ll last! That might mean you work out once a week, or maybe you work out 4x a week (that’s amazing), whatever it is, just keep at it!
What tips do you have for getting your body back post-baby? What worked for you and what didn’t?