First of all HATS OFF to all the mothers who get a proper work out done at home, with correct postures et al.
With the constant attention a baby demands, it really is an accomplishment.
Although I had a normal delivery, I still felt that complete healing took three months.
However it differs from person to person. Your gynecologist/obstetrician is the right person to guide you.
Since weight/ inch loss is a function of both food & exercise, breaking this blog into two.
Yoga was my go to exercise when I restarted. I have been practicing it for a good 10 years now.
Hence, it was easy to get back to. But I took time to develop the stamina.
It helped me get rid of the niggling back ache I had developed during pregnancy.
This was followed by 6/7 months of functional training at the home gym. This was nothing hard core. Medium intensity work outs.
However, since the past 5 months I have managed to hit the gym regularly.
Exercise helped me tremendously in toning, blood circulation & keeping the body agile.
However, there was no weight loss or inch loss as I was eating three big meals with two big snacks & a dessert every day 😛 .
Food is the main component to be considered, if inch loss/weight loss is your goal.
I recommend the guidance of a professional nutritionist here.
However, below are my personal diet rules. They tend to work for me & showed results post pregnancy:
I was eating extremely healthy during & post pregnancy. My only vice was the sweet indulgence.
I can’t have one small piece of dark chocolate every day. I rather have one full chocolate pastry on my cheat day. So I had to cut down on sugar completely.
Once I took the above step, I did portion control.
From 3 chapattis in lunch, I went down to two. Likewise for dinner.
Finally I consulted a nutritionist when Anahita was 1. The major change she did was inclusion of a high protein dinner. Everything else remained pretty much the same.
Two cheat days every week.
This ultimately helped me to lose the last few kilos.
Result: Pre-preggers wardrobe is back to use. Maternity wardrobe is packed & dumped in the loft!
Re-emphasizing on the fact that it’s everyone’s personal journey. Undertake it when you feel you are ready.
The goal should be to feel healthy & energetic rather than adhere to a certain societal norm.
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Tights: Marks & Spencer
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