Compiled By Markson Omagor
It’s only natural to want to jump straight back to your pre-pregnancy body. But give yourself a break! Your body just made a baby, and it will need time to recover and get back in shape.
The fastest way to a flat stomach after pregnancy is through healthy nutrition, getting adequate sleep, breastfeeding, exercise and decreasing stress. Giving your body a little time along with understanding more about how these health habits can play a role in getting that flat belly back.
Get Adequate Sleep
Easier said than done, right? It’s challenging to get adequate sleep with a newborn, but as your little one allows you to sleep more it is extremely important for your long-term heath, plus, has a positive affect on maintaining healthy weight and weight loss.
Mayo Clinic states that those who get a good night’s sleep (at least seven hours) are less likely to be obese. Many of those reasons being that sleep affects many hormones in our body, one big one being cortisol. Take advantage of nights you can get more sleep, because your body needs it!
Read more: How to Lose Belly Weight 3 Months After Pregnancy
Breastfeed Your Baby
If it works for both you and your baby, breastfeeding is a great way to burn extra calories and bond with your baby. Especially in those first months after giving birth, breastfeeding can greatly improve weight loss.
A February 2016 study in Maternal and Child Health Journal found that women who breastfed exclusively were able to lose the baby weight more easily during those first six months postpartum.
Nourish Your Body
Limit your intake of sugary/starchy foods (sweets, grains, breads and fake sugars). Sugar causes inflammation in the body, and gluten and possibly dairy for many can cause bloating, slowing down the return of your flat belly.
Inflammation can affect your metabolism and hormones so decreasing those inflammatory foods can help speed up your progress. In addition, follow these other healthy eating tips:
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