Pregnancy is an incredible, beautiful life experience and the time after your baby’s birth is even more so. However, we all know how quickly our thoughts can shift to what our bodies looked like before we were pregnant, and we dream of getting that pre-baby body back.

Have you ever thought about how high-profile celebrities manage to get in shape after they have their baby? Do they hit the gym right after leaving the labour bed? Are they on some magical diet?

Ways to Get Your Pre-Baby Body Back

Below, we have compiled a list of simple techniques to get your pre-baby body back. But before that, let’s bust three of the most common myths about weight during and after pregnancy.

Myth 01

Gain a lot of weight for a healthier and bigger baby’

During pregnancy, women need enough nutrition and energy to support the growth and development of their baby. It is important for expectant mothers to not gain too much or lose too much weight during pregnancy. Ideally, it is OK to gain 25–30 pounds for one baby and up to 45 pounds for twins by the end of the third trimester. Remember, this includes the weight of your baby as well.

Myth 02

Eat for two people’

A major part of the food you eat until the seventh month is used for the baby’s growth and development. After that, most of the food you eat is consumed by your body. If someone says that you need to eat for two people, it does not mean that you literally need to eat two portions of each meal. It simply means that you need to calculate the number of calories you are consuming and add up the calories required for the baby’s growth in your regular diet.

Myth 03

Wait – Start losing weight after the baby’s 6-month birthday’

The longer you delay it, the more stubborn your fat becomes. Pregnancies are complicated and differ from mother to mother. You need nutrition and energy to manage post-partum depression and fatigue, and for healing. Some mothers get their health clearance certificate a week after the delivery, whereas some mothers get their certificates after the six-week mandatory check-up.

You will be ready to start mild exercises after receiving your health certificate. Combine your work out plan with a balanced diet to lose the baby weight as soon as possible.

After your delivery, the stretch marks, aching joints, belly and fatigue around your eyes may make you hate your body (which is the biggest motivation in itself to lose weight). However, remember that your body is not flawed, it has just done something miraculous for you. It is simply rebuilding itself and you need to follow a proper plan to help it do this.

The following are a few expert tips to help you shed off that unwanted baby weight.

1.     Exercise

Exercise is a vital part of your post-delivery weight loss journey. The bodies of some new mothers are not ready to work out. If you are one of them, then give your body some time. However, you can still move around the house and go to the park for a slow walk.

  • Once your body is prepared to lose weight, start with slow cardio exercises. Go for a walk, push the stroller, or visit a friend who lives nearby on foot.
  • When the muscle tension starts to reduce and you feel lighter, start mild exercises, such as dancing around the house or jogging. Make sure to work out for only 10 minutes at a time during the first week. You can increase the time gradually, only if your body allows.
  • Once you feel that your exhaustion has been released, it’s time for stomach crunches. We all know that belly fat is the hardest to lose. Tough exercises, such as crunches and push ups can help you shed off the belly flab and get in shape.

2.     Use Safe and Healthy Weight Loss Pills

Weight loss pills that do not interfere with your natural system can help you shed off all those extra pounds without hitting the gym, which you may not have the time to do if you’re a new parent. Your body has already experienced change. Your metabolism needs a boost and your muscles need energy

You might want to find a weight loss pill that burns fat, boosts metabolism and helps you lose weight. You should also look for pills that have clinical studies to back them up, such as the PhenQ weight loss pills which I came across. These use a-Lacys Reset® to achieve the aforementioned weight goals and have been studied and tested. If you’re still unsure about taking such weight loss pills, consider the following guidance:

  • Your body has become vulnerable to environmental germs. Therefore, do not take weight loss pills right after delivery. You can include healthy weight loss pills in your plan after receiving your health certificate from the doctor.
  • If you are taking any prescription medicine or you are breastfeeding, then make sure to ask your doctor before taking weight loss pills.
  • Avoid taking the pills if you have any pre-existing medical condition.
  • Weight loss pills are suitable for mothers with grown-up kids as well.

3.     Breastfeed

Recent medical research supports breastfeeding for many reasons. According to MD Anderson Centre, breastfeeding reduces the risk of cancer by shedding breast tissues and removing cells that may cause damage to DNA. Breastfeeding brings your body into its pre-baby shape. It contracts the uterus as well as boosts your immune system. It also allows you to eat up to 300 extra calories a day, whilst still being able to lose weight.

4.     Eat Right

You need to burn the stored fats along with providing necessary nutrition and energy to your body. Include lean meats, eggs, cheese, healthy oils, fruits and green vegetables in your diet and include whole grains in your main meals and nuts in your snacks.

5.     Sleep Well

Almost all new mothers are sleep-deprived. Slow metabolism, post-partum depression, physical stress, fatigue and various such problems can make you feel low on energy. Getting enough sleep will not only improve your metabolism and health, but it will also prepare you for spending quality time with your new-born. Adequate sleep fixes your metabolism, helps you manage daily fatigue, prepares you for exercises and helps you to lose that baby weight.

6.     Drink Lots of Water

Water heals! It washes away your pain and makes you feel healthier and fuller. Above all, water helps you lose weight by balancing your hormones and regulating your digestive system. It speeds up your metabolism, improves your skin, and makes you feel fuller so you eat less.

7.     Maintain Patience and Stay Positive

Bringing those little monsters into the world is a lot of hard work. Change is the most beautiful creation of Mother Nature and human bodies have been formulated to adapt to these changes. Our bodies change during puberty and our metabolism slows down with age. Ultimately, people change as they grow older.

Various changes have occurred in your body during pregnancy and at the time of delivery. Fat has deposited in unexpected places, bones have shifted and muscles have become stretched. Many people are obsessed with losing weight after delivery, which leaves adverse effect on their muscles, joints and bones.

Keep calm and treat your body gently. Maintain patience and allow your body to settle down. Keep your weight loss journey slow, but gradual.

 

 

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Take a look at his fabulous pregnancy guide from Hartmann direct

It is so useful and even covers areas that may be difficult or uncomfortable to talk about such as incontinence in pregnancy. I really hope you find this useful. Please share it with any pregnant friends.

It is so empowering to know what to expect and know how to help[  yourself during pregnancy.

 

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Win an L.O.L Surprise

L.O.L Surprise! is the collectable craze in the UK, as the ultimate unboxing toy is combined with the anticipation of surprise, it’s no surprise it has sold out across the UK!

Much like unwrapping a gift, watch the excitement build as each of the 7 layers reveal a different surprise, including emoji sticker, accessory, and finally their hero – a L.O.L Surprise! Doll. Never a dull outfit day for these fierce dolls, mix and match accessories with each character to work out who wears it best.

Not your average dolls, these fashion-forward characters are packed with personality. From Rockers to Merbabies, each L.O.L Surprise! comes complete with bathtub, doll stand and hangout, all doubling up as a purse.

win an L.O.L Surprise

But the surprise doesn’t end there, once the final layer has been unwrapped, feed the adorable tot water with its baby bottle accessory and reveal its feature – with special dolls changing colour

when placed in cold water! With over 45 to collect, there has never been a more exciting time start collecting the ultimate unboxing experience that offers a different surprise with each layer!

This is your chance to win a L.O.L. Surprise! Doll!”

Simply enter the rafflecopter below

 

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We have been playing 5 second rule this week in our house and it is so addictive!

5 Second Rule Review

Loving this board game from University Games, it has been made so popular by celebs playing it on The Ellen Show and now you can play it yourself.

Basically you have to answer a question at lightening fast speed within 5 seconds. Sounds super easy doesn’t it..well its really not I promise you. 5 seconds literally whizzes by! And it’s funny, really really funny..sometimes you haven’t said a word before your 5 seconds are up and other times you end up talking absolute nonsense.

My daughter was asked to name 3 good things about eating cake..she said it’s cake, it’s yummy and it’s healthy. Hmm we weren’t going to let her have ‘healthy’  till she pointed out that perhaps it could be carrot cake?

Ooh she just snuck that one in!

The rules

A lovely thing about this game is that the rules are simple. In a nutshell: if you name 3 things in 5 seconds you move your piece, if you can’t the next person has a go but can’t repeat your answers. You get some pass and switch cards to use and the first one to the top of the board is the winner. ‘Tis very simple.

For all the family

I played this game with 10 year old L and her 96 year old Great Grandma. The questions are not complicated and don’t really rely on general knowledge so they work for the whole family. There is nothing so lovely to do with he whole family than play a fabulous, fun board game and we are delighted to review 5 Second Rule as one of our new favourites that works for all the family.

Big thumbs up from all of us. I will be buying  a few of these to give as gifts this Christmas.

Hilarious, simple and fun for all.

5 second rule is available from Amazon and all good toy shops

 

 

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Family holidays are fun, but they aren’t going to be peaceful journeys but I think the majority of parents know that already. Whether you’re going to a holiday park, a skiing trip, a journey abroad of just a day out to the beach you should expect things to be a little difficult at times.

Surviving the Family Holiday

Family holidays even with all the planning in the world probably won’t run smoothly, but that doesn’t mean you need to get angry or feel down. After all, it’s a family holiday which means everyone should have fun and enjoy themselves.

All too often parents can focus so much on ensuring their children are happy that they can forget to have fun themselves. But there’s also the journey to and from your holiday destination to consider. It might sound cliché but the cry of “are we there yet” is very real and something every parent should prepare for.

It might not all be fun and games but family holidays are something every family should experience. You’ll build a stronger relationship with each other and make memories you’ll treasure for years to come.

And with my family holiday survival guide, you’ll be able to avoid or deal with almost any problem you come across. So without further ado let me introduce you to my family holiday survival guide.

Step 1 – Book Your Holiday Early

Spontaneous holidays are fun, exciting and romantic but when it comes to family holidays planning is key. You’ll want to book as early as possible to give yourself plenty of time to plan everything. Remember you should also take school holidays and term times into account as well and don’t book anything till you are 100% sure everyone will be free.

Step 2 – Be Practical

Family holidays need to be something the whole family can enjoy regardless of the ages involved, this might sound simple but is trickier in practice. If you really can’t think of anything then try searching for family holiday resorts or consider a trip to a caravan holiday park instead.

Step 3 – Make Sure You Have Everything You Need

No matter how you’re getting to your holiday destination whether you’re driving or taking public transport make sure you’ve packed all your essentials. This could include a car seat, backrest, nappies, snacks and much more.

If you are planning on driving to your holiday destination then make sure take regular brakes as well. If you do some research beforehand you should be able to work out at least a rough estimate of how long traveling should take.

Step 4 – Technology Works Wonders

It’s understandable and in fact sensible that as parents you might want to keep children away from devices like smartphones and tablets, or at least ensure they’re not on them all the time. But when it comes to traveling they can really help a lot. They give your children something to focus on and play with and offer such variety that children are unlikely to get bored.

Step 5 – Have Activities Planned

There’s nothing worse than finally getting to your holiday destination and then not knowing what to do. With family holiday parks this might not be too much of an issue since they’ll be a lot of potential things you can do onsite, but if you’re visiting a foreign country or place you’ve never been before, make sure you do some research and know what there is to see and do.

Step 6 – Treat Yourself

A family holiday should be something the whole family will enjoy and that includes mum and dad! Now, of course, leaving your children to enjoy a romantic meal isn’t really an option but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and treat yourself.

Whether it’s visiting a gallery or museum, having a fancy lunch or simply treating yourself at the shops, there’s plenty of ways you can indulge yourself a little on a family holiday. But remember don’t forget to treat the kids as well after all there’s nothing wrong with a little bribery now and then.

 

 

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