Pregnancy is magical, yet a difficult time for any woman. Among other things, a pregnant woman goes through drastic body changes. She gains weight during the nine months of her pregnancy and then loses a portion of that weight post delivery. The weight loss isn’t necessarily equal to the weight gain, and her the figure she had spent years perfecting goes for a toss in the process.
Understandably, it is a very difficult time for any woman. None of her old clothes fit anymore, and she is left in a mess of self-loathing. In such a situation it is first and foremost important to keep in mind that body shaming is a poisonous societal pressure felt by all women. Pregnant or not, we have all experienced it. So it is important that the change in one’s body during this transitional period is embraced with positivity and maturity.
An important aspect of dealing with this situation is to have a healthy plan that will let you return to your former glory with ease and minimal stress. Firstly, don’t treat it as a necessarily harmful occurrence. You have given birth, brought a life into this world. It is a magical process, and one should be proud of what they have achieved. Let the getting back in shape be a positive process to, and one not driven by any negativity or stress. Support groups and therapy can prove to be very helpful.
Post delivery, it is important to eat a healthy balanced diet. Your body has been through a major change and needs proper nutrition. Also, you will be nursing your baby, so it is imperative that you consume nutritious food so that the breast milk is, in turn, nutritious for the baby. You will also need to maintain a minimum level of calorie intake, an average of 1800 per day.
Consult your physician and accordingly plan your diet and exercise regime. Don’t be too hasty, as your body will need some time before it is ready for rigorous exercise and diet. Be patient.
Nutritious food packed with omega-3-6-9 fatty acids and DHA are important. Cold water fish like sardines, tuna and salmon should be consumed for this. Dairy products like milk and yoghurt which are abundant in Calcium are needed to keep your bones strong. Protein rich food items like beans, eggs, chicken and lean meat are also important.
Consume at least two to three liters of water daily, and stay well hydrated. You will tend to feel more thirsty if you are breastfeeding. It will also speed up your metabolism. Coconut water is also good during this time.
Postpartum massage can work wonders for your body. Take a package of at least a thirty-day postpartum Ayurvedic massage. It will help your body recover and prepare it for further rigorous exercise.
After consultation with your doctor and fitness expert, start exercising. A little at first, and then increase it slowly and steadily.
These pointers will help you deal with postpartum body changes and help you return to your former glory.