Want your pre-pregnancy body back? Making small, healthy changes to your diet and routine every week can make a big difference over time. Here are five ways to get started.

Stay active.

Most new moms are too sleep-deprived to think about exercise. While sleep helps to restore your body and immune system, regular exercise is also important for your health and well being. However, most women should wait at least six weeks before exercising after giving birth. Start with simple cardio such as going for a walk or steady jog, or practicing yoga. There are also many mama and baby exercise classes. Just make sure to keep your heart rate up and moving.

Breastfeed.

Breastfeeding burns 500 to 700 calories a day. This means many women can actually increase the number of calories they take in and still loose weight. Be aware that as soon as you stop breastfeeding your calorie intake will plummet.

Eat right and snack healthy.

There’s something that’s even more important than loosing weight after your baby arrives, and that’s eating foods that give you the energy to be the best mom you can be.

The following foods are rich with nutrients that will help you feel fuller longer, especially when those 3 a.m. feeding calls begin:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Lean protein, like fish, beef, and soy foods
  • Leafy greens
  • Vitamin C, which can be found in oranges, tomatoes, and natural fruit juices.

Take naps.

Getting plenty of sleep has shown to help with weight loss. Try to take a nap anytime the baby does. That way, you’ll keep your energy levels in check.

Make friends with new moms.

Making mom friends after having a baby can be an amazing support system. No one else can better understand the difficulties and pure joys that go along with motherhood than another mom.

Sometimes dieting and exercising just aren’t enough. In this case, you might be considering a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck is the surgical removal of excess skin or fat deposits from the abdomen. If you are interested in having a tummy tuck or have questions regarding the procedure, contact The Lett Center today at 615-443-0901.