Over the years, there have been so many statements about how mothers never really get back their bodies after pregnancy. Also, it is believed that losing the belly fat is extremely rigorous and difficult. However, it’s best to note that it’s really not that hard. In fact, research shows that starting an exercise routine right after giving birth not only helps your overall health but also reduces the risk of postpartum depression. Every pregnancy is different. This is why you need to get your doctor involved before starting an exercise routine. In cases where you experience heavy bleeding, headaches, extreme soreness or any other unusual symptom, during or after exercise, you should consult your doctor. Here are some 5 ways to lose belly fat after pregnancy:
Deep Belly Breathing With Abdominal Contraction
The deep belly breathing can be done right after delivery. You use this breathing exercise to relax your muscles. It also helps in the beginning process of strengthing and toning your abs and belly. When you want to do this exercise, you need to sit up straight. Breathe deeply and draw up air from your diaphragm. Hold and contract your abs when inhaling and then relax while exhaling. Then you can slowly increase the number of hours you use in breathing.
You may think it sounds weird. However, breastfeeding burns over 500 to 700 calories daily. This means it’s possible to lose as many calories as you take in during breastfeeding. However, it’s best to bear in mind that you may gain weight immediately after you stop breastfeeding. This is why is necessary to support yourself with other kinds of exercises.
Kegel exercises are perfect for you. It helps strengthen your muscles and reduce the risks of incontinence due to childbirth. So, the more kegel exercises you do, the higher your chances of having control over leaks caused by laughing, picking up your child or sneezing.
To do this exercise, you can go to your bathroom and try peeing. Your goal is simply to contract and hold the muscles that control urine in your body. While peeing, try working around the muscles so that the stream of urine stops temporarily. Then, let it out. Keep this in mind so that during the period you’re not peeing, you’re exercising anyway.
It may sound like nothing. Interestingly, it is one of the best things ever. Remember that you just had a baby. So, it’s necessary that you take baby steps. Walking is one of the easiest ways of easing you into a fitness routine. You can begin first with a stroll and eventually, work your way up to a more energetic walk. Taking gentle walks with your baby can also do great things to your body.
Eat Healthy Snacks
This requires a whole lot of discipline but will help you in the long run. As much as possible, it’s best to avoid sugar. Rather, have really healthy snacks and lots of fruits. Some of these snacks include egg salad on whole-grain bread, lots of vegetable soup, smoothies among others.