Post Delivery Weight

21 Proven Ways To Reduce Weight AFTER Pregnancy

As soon as we have our brand new baby in our hands we want to see ourselves fit into our pre-pregnancy clothes. However, thinking about getting back to your old weight can be stressful for new moms who are already worn out taking care of a newborn day and night, adjusting to a completely new routine and recovery after the childbirth. Some of the women are able to get back in shape in no time but about 80% of the women have to work hard for it as reducing weight after delivery is not a cake walk.

Now how to reduce weight after pregnancy is the biggest question in a new mom’s life.

Here, I have shared 21 simple and proven ways which I’d personally followed to lose that stubborn weight after pregnancy and get back to shape again :

1. Breastfeeding

If you are a breastfeeding mom then it is a WIN-WIN situation for you. On one hand, your baby is getting all the essential nutrients that are important for his development and growth and on the other hand by exclusively breastfeeding you are losing about 300-500 extra calories every day which would help in contracting the size of the uterus and return to its normal size after the childbirth. Many studies have shown that mom who exclusively breastfed her baby for 6 months tends to lose weight faster as compared to the non-breastfeeding mom.
NOTE: have a rich and nutritious diet during your breastfeeding month as what you eat affects the quality of your breast milk
Check many more benefits of breast milk here

2. Warm Water, Honey and Lemon

Now we all know about this drink but doesn’t include it in our morning routine, right?
One glass of warm water, one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of lemon is enough to do the magic as long as you drink it regularly first thing in the morning. This drink helps in shedding the extra pounds of weight and removing the harmful toxins from the body.

3. Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and feel full. Adequate intake of water helps in removing toxins from the body thereby increasing your chances to lose weight.

4. Drink Warm Water

Drinking a glass of warm water after a heavy meal helps aid digestion and also prevents fat to accumulate inside the body.

5. Check your CALORIE Intake

When you are a new mom (especially breastfeeding) your body needs good nutrition. Instead of eating high-calorie food go for super foods that are low in calories and rich in nutrition such as omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, protein, and fiber. Example of some of the superfood are fruits, vegetables, Oatmeal, fish, lean meat, chicken, eggs, beans, pulses, legumes, yogurt, nuts, seeds. These foods will also help you to stay full for longer.

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6. Don’t Eat Your Baby’s Food

Many new moms make a mistake of eating their baby’s leftover food so that it doesn’t get wasted. Baby food is rich in fat and eating that food makes it even more difficult for moms to shed weight.

7. NO Sugar

Stay away from all kinds of sugary foods if you want to reduce weight on a serious note. This not only includes sweets, chocolates, ice creams, cookies, and candies but also includes packaged fruit juices and health drinks. If you crave for something sweet the tip is to eat fruits.

8. Say NO to Aerated Drinks

Aerated drinks are high in calories and zero in nutrition. They also contain a high amount of sugar thereby makes you to easily gain weight.

9. Say No to Junk Food

The name itself suggests it is a Junk. This is because junk foods are high in calories and low in nutrition. So, next time think before indulging in this unhealthy eating. Once in a while, it is okay but do not eat junk food too often if you are aiming to reduce pregnancy weight fast.

10. Walk with your babies

I think this is one of the easiest activity that we moms can include in our everyday routine. You just need a pair of comfortable shoes, a baby stroller, and your baby. Go for a morning or an evening walk whichever suits your baby routine but walk regularly.

11. Exercise or Yoga

I know as a new mom you are already too exhausted and the idea of exercising sounds like a big burden. But it is very important to include some form of exercise in your daily routine in order to lose post-pregnancy weight. Ask your doctor and get a green signal from him before choosing the right form of exercise for yourself.

12. Dance

Now dance is another fun activity which can help you to burn those extra calories. Just play your favorite music and move your body. Believe me, your baby will enjoy seeing you dancing and having fun.

13. Get Your Sleep

According to many studies, it is seen that weight gain in new mothers is linked with lack of sleep. It is very obvious that as a new mother you are always busy in looking after the baby and managing other important chores due to which your sleeping pattern tends to get disturbed resulting in weight gain. I know getting enough sleep is challenging so sleep when your baby sleeps and don’t shy away from asking for help.

14. Post Pregnancy Belt or Tummy Belt

Women since ages believe that tying a cotton cloth around the abdominal area helps to shed that extra belly fat that has gathered during the pregnancy period. With time the cotton cloth has changed to professional abdominal or post pregnancy belts. Invest in a good post pregnancy belt according to your size and wear it regularly to flatten your bulging belly.

15. Substitute the unhealthy munching with fruits

Motherhood brings a lot of exhaustion and tiredness. And when you are tired you feel hungry and this leads to unhealthy munching. When you feel hungry during the middle of the day you tend to eat whatever you find in your kitchen or fridge. Avoid eating cookies, cakes, chips, packaged food, etc and replace them with healthy options such as fruits, yogurt, nuts, fox nuts, etc. You can have yogurt mixed with seasonal fruits of your choice topped with a handful of nuts.

16. Drink for reducing Belly Fat

This one is my personal favorite. Belly fat reducing drink is a combination of cumin seeds (jeera), ginger, lemon, and honey. Drinking this water twice daily is a great way of reducing belly fat. Take this water on an empty stomach preferably before breakfast and dinner.
-1 tsp Cumin Seeds
-1 teaspoon Ginger Juice
-1/2 lemon
-1 teaspoon Honey

Method of Preparation:
Take a Saucepan along with 2 glasses of water. Add 1 tsp of cumin seeds.
Let the water boil until it reduces to 1 glass. Switch of the burner.
Let the water come down to lukewarm temperature.
Now add ginger juice, lemon, and honey. Mix well. This drink is ready to have.
(Note: Start this drink after 6 months of delivery not before that)

*If you are already having lemon, warm water and honey drink discussed in point 2 then skip this, otherwise follow.

17. No Heavy Meals at Night, Eat your Dinner early

You must have heard this,
“Eat Breakfast Like a King, Lunch Like a Prince, and Dinner Like a Pauper”
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Thumb rule is the same, don’t go overboard with your dinner. Keep it light but healthy and nutritious. Experts suggest that eating light food for dinner along with early eating can contribute a lot in reducing weight. When you eat early, your body is able to digest the food well and if the food is digested well, it will help in weight loss.

18. Avoid Caffeine and Alcohols

Stay away from Caffeine and Alcohol if you are looking ahead to reduce weight post delivery. Caffeine and alcohol provide no nutrition to your body plus they have calories too. Breastfeeding mothers should also stay away from consuming these foods as they hamper the milk production and also affects its quality.

19. Shop right and Smart

What you add in your grocery cart has a great role in not letting your weight come down. When we go for grocery shopping, we find a lot of packaged food containers that look healthy from outside but have a high content of salt, sugar, and fat. 100% real fruit juice is actually not real. Also, the “diet” food has nothing to do with diet as they are loaded with so many hidden calories. Be a smart shopper, don’t get fooled by the attractive labels of these food products. Read the ingredient list at the back before buying anything.
Fill your cart with healthy food options such as whole grain cereals, whole grain pasta, dry fruits, nuts, oatmeal, dried or canned beans, fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh berries, low-fat dairy products, etc.

20. Reduce Your Stress Level

Do you know?

Stress is linked with weight gain. So, reduce your stress level as much as you can. Motherhood comes with all sets of responsibilities and brings stress along. Ask for help from your partner and other family members to share the load sometime so that you can have some time in the day to chill by yourself.

21. Eat home cooked food only

Dining out once or twice a week is fine but not more than that. Try to eat only home-cooked food as it is far healthy compared to the outside food. Whenever you go out for shopping or anything else, make it a point to carry your fruits/snakes box along so that you can avoid indulging in unhealthy eating.

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Your approach when trying to reduce your post-pregnancy weight should be realistic. Don’t expect to shed all this weight in a couple of months after delivering your baby. The first few months with a baby in your life is quiet demanding. You should think more about taking care of your baby as well as your health rather than stressing yourself thinking about your increased weight. Always remember that it took you 9 months to reach this weight so it would definitely take some time to shed that extra weight too.

Just keep yourself focused and consistent in your efforts when trying to reduce weight. Here the patience and strong determination is the key to reach your desired goal. Inculcate the lifestyle changes mentioned above in your day to day routine and see the difference in your self in the next few months.

(**Disclaimer : These are my personal opinions which worked positively for me , it is not a medical advice. Speak to your doctor and check out if you are fit to follow the above mentioned ways to reduce weight or not.)

Read Books to your baby

Why you must read books to your baby

Do you know how important is it to read books to the baby/toddler every single day?

I introduced books to my little man around his first birthday with a pang of guilt in my heart that I am a little late in doing so. Contrary to my view, people mocked at me and I was accused of treating my 12 months old like an older kid. I was told that my idea of introducing books to him at this vulnerable age is crap as he is too small for it. According to these people, this is too early for him and he will get to know about the world of books when the right time will come.

My point here is why people think that introducing books will create a stressful environment for my baby and will stop him from having all the freedom and fun that he deserves at this age?

Why are books considered as a burden?

For me reading books to babies aloud and showing them colorful pictures of animals, birds, fruits, vegetables, transports, shapes and things around us is another activity which starts with babies listening and observing and over a period of time develops into a feeling of love towards the presence of books around them.

When I introduced books to my little one I never expected him to learn everything that is given in the book in fact I just wanted him to feel the pages, flip them, observe the pictures and purposely pick his book himself when he finds it lying in one corner of the shelf.

Importance of introducing books To babY early

They learn to value books

First and foremost benefit of introducing books at an early age and making it a part of baby’s routine will teach him that reading is something to be enjoyed and later in life when he will move into the formal environment of school he will not take books as a protocol that has to be followed without escape. This attitude will foster an attachment and acknowledgment towards books that will stay with him throughout his life.

Helps in building Vocabulary

Many studies have also shown that children who were read as newborn tends to have a richer vocabulary and they performed better at the academics level too.

Helps in developing Social Skills and Communication Skills

When your baby sees you reading aloud, making your pitch go up and down while expressing different kinds of emotions, taking out different sounds and using multiple facial expressions to express the situation helps in improving his power of observation and thinking skills. Your baby develops communication skills when he imitates those sounds, touches the book, flips the pages, gets a feel of it, pinpoints a picture, tries to recognize a picture, give a response to your questions and learn new words.

Strengthen the bond between parents and babies

For me, the most important reason why I prefer reading a book to my baby is that it helps in enhancing the bond between the baby and the parents. When you read aloud to your baby with joy, excitement, and involvement they begin to enjoy your sounds and gestures. They start loving this special time spent with you which helps in building your relationship with them.

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Okay, now you know why you should read books to your baby and what long term impact it can make to his personality. Now the question arises is how to read books to a baby and how to keep him engaged at this tender age?

Don’t worry it is pretty easy. There are three simple ways to do that.

  • You just need yourself, your baby and a few books to keep him busy and engaged in this lucrative and fun activity. Fix a particular routine for reading books to him. This could be any time of the day- Naptime, bedtime, bath time, potty time, traveling time, feeding time or anytime. Bedtime is one of the best time to perform this activity as if performed every day your child will start associating the reading time with the sleeping. He would know that after reading the book he is supposed to go to sleep.
  • I always carry a couple of my baby’s favorite books in his diaper bag whenever we are out. He loves watching his books while sitting on his car seat. It keeps him engaged for some time and also soothe him when he starts getting cranky.
  • Make the whole reading session a fun activity for your child. Sing rhymes, dance with her, make funny animal sounds, read with a variety of expressions, pitch your voice high and low or occasionally cuddle your baby – make this special time with your baby an enjoyable experience for him. Encourage him to imitate you, ask your baby questions, read and repeat. All this is going to help in developing his communication skills and would prove to be good for him in the long run too.

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What to read to your baby

For infants, you have so many books around to choose from as at this age they just have to listen so you can read almost anything to them. But make sure it should have some rhyme, rhythm and should involve repetition of words.

As your baby grows older, get him colorful and chunky board books or touch and feel books. There are a lot of pop up books, mirror books and different texture books available in the market but make sure the books are colorful, bright and attractive with clear and understandable pictures. You can also create your own photo book for your baby by cutting and pasting the pictures of the family member and pets on a colorful background. Babies enjoy recognizing their closed ones through pictures.

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TIP: Spread books around the house like on the table, near your child’s bed, near his feeding chair, in his toy basket or any place which is easily approachable for him. This way he will get a feeling that books are a significant part of his life and he would start cherishing its presence the way he cherishes his toys.