Giving birth is probably one of the most challenging (and not to mention risky) events of motherhood. For nine months a woman must face the rigors of carrying a developing infant in her tummy and after that, both the mother and the child must survive the perilous five-inch journey through the birth canal (or in some cases, through an incision during a Cesarean section delivery).
After giving birth, a woman’s body begins to rapidly change in preparation for returning to its previous state (or at least, an approximation of its previous physical state). The uterus begins to shrink, hormone levels fluctuate and even the mother’s blood pressure begins to go down.
Post-pregnancy is an equally crucial time in a mother’s life. If you took good care of yourself during the pregnancy, there is no reason for you not to exert extra effort post-pregnancy especially when it comes to your nutrition. Here are some important guidelines regarding a safe and ideal post-pregnancy diet:
1. First of all, losing the extra pounds you have gained in pregnancy is not and should not be your first priority. Your top priority is to physically and emotionally recover from the pregnancy.
Your body needs an adequate amount of calories on a daily basis to recover from giving birth. Losing weight should only begin six weeks after giving birth (this is the minimum time needed!) If you ignore this warning, we can guarantee that you will feel frailer and more fatigued during the recovery phase after giving birth.
2. Pregnancy and childbirth will cause permanent changes in your body’s design. For example, your hips will become wider and your belly area will have a looser appearance.
Abdominal fat may also accumulate more quickly than before you became pregnant. It is important to understand that these changes are normal and that you should build new weight-related goals based on these new realities. This way you will not be disappointed with the results.
3. One of the best ways to get in shape after giving birth is by engaging in regular exercise.
Gardening and vacuuming the house is nice and these activities do burn calories but you definitely need real exercise like playing sports or just going to the gym to lift some light weights.
20 to 30 minutes of real exercise is recommended for people of all ages (except for those who have heart issues). As always, ask your doctor first before engaging in any regular exercise and diet regimen.
4. Instead of forcing yourself to stick to a strict diet with only a fixed number of food items, we recommend that you eat plenty of whole foods. Fruits and vegetables are definitely a must.
If you eat plenty of fruits and veggies throughout the day in any form, you will lose weight because your metabolism will be through the ceiling. Eating frequent meals does this to the body even to women who have given birth.
5. If you are unfamiliar with healthy foods, try researching about established Super Foods. Super Foods are often very nutritious and are excellent for natural detoxification.