The Baby Bounce Back – 5 steps to reclaiming your body
Bouncing back after baby is a different process for every woman. For me, it was a bit different with each pregnancy. Bouncing back is the biggest "you can do" challenge ever. You may not book a Kanye West video like Teyana Taylor dancing around in your panties just months after giving birth, but you can definitely be a total MILF.
Quick Tips for a Successful Bounce:
Breastfeed. Yaaassss, burn calories for free and your baby will thrive. Scientifically true and everything. Breastfeeding shrinks the uterus and burns up to 500 calories an hour which is like a mid tempo run on a treadmill for the same length of time.
Wrap it up. My grandmother swears by binding your abdomen just hours after giving birth and staying tightly wrapped for the first four weeks after baby. I promise you this speeds up the flat tummy. I did this with all but one of my pregnancies and the difference was very noticeable when I ignored my elders' wisdom.
Ice. The first 72 hours after baby... ice, ice baby. This helps to take down the initial swelling around your pubic region and lower abdomen. Don't suffer from a puffy vag for up to three weeks - just ice it out.
Walk it out. Look, I'm not a doctor- so always check with your OB first- but as long as you're healthy and had a normal pregnancy you can start walking just days after the baby arrives. I would literally just walk up and down my street for a mile or two. This will start toning your muscles gently and gets you active long before that six-week mark when you can return to a more normal exercise routine.
Eat Smart. I never go on a diet right after baby. I just think before I eat. I eat clean proteins, lots of veggies and fruit and drink as much water as I can. You would be amazed how much I lost when I simply stopped drinking soda, (even diet sodas), stopped eating candy, junk foods and anything fast food. My favorite tip for anyone is to never add sugar to anything. Coffee, tea, or oatmeal etc. After a while, you stop craving it and you keep tons of empty calories from becoming fat on your neckline, buttocks, and thighs.
One of the most important things you can do to stay motivated to reach your post-baby body goal is to set small goals. Promise yourself you will walk 10,000 steps every day, no matter what, for seven days in a row. Set a reminder in your phone every two hours to drink an eight-ounce glass of water. Just put the Coke down when you stop to get gas and buy a sparkling water instead. Small things will add up to big progress over time.
Make sure to look out for other posts to get more detailed tips and ideas to get your body exactly where you want it to be.