Getting your body back to its pre-pregnancy form is definitely hard work. There’s no doubt that there are several different factors to take into consideration. If this is your first baby then you may be wondering what to expect when trying to lose your mommy tummy, so here are some things to look for and do while you’re trying to get back to your pre-pregnancy body.
Don’t expect the impossible
Some people have these incredible metabolisms and are back to their original pre-pregnancy bodies a week after giving birth, however you should know that this is not the norm. It’s unreasonable to expect your body to just go back to its original shape so soon after having a baby. Give yourself and your body enough time to recover from giving birth. Take it easy and don’t stress out about getting back into shape right away. You may end up doing more harm than anything if you don’t take the time you need to start working out and dieting.
Don’t be surprised if you feel fatigued
If you think about it, your body has just gone through one of the biggest changes it will probably every go through so feeling fatigued is totally natural. When you’re trying to get rid of that extra baby fat, nurse a baby, eat healthy, and get at least four hours of sleep a night, you can see why being tired is normal. When you decide it’s time to start working out you’re going to feel tired because your body is working much harder than it had to the last time you worked out, especially if you are nursing. Don’t over work yourself, just take it one step at a time and slowly but surely the mommy tummy will begin to fade.
Expect to be emotional
This is just all part of the pregnancy and post partum of pregnancy. Your body is still trying to get use to everything and some days will be great, while others won’t be. This is normal. Working out and trying to get your body back to normal is hard work without having a baby. Emotionally there will be good days and bad ones, and probably more bad ones at first. It will be hard wearing your grungy clothes for a while until you can fit into your pre pregnancy ones. If you have a good friend that can support you, or your partner or spouse it will make things much easier. Don’t be surprised though if one day you find yourself ecstatic about how you look and the next you find yourself crying yourself to sleep because you’re not losing the weight as quickly as you want.
Expect yourself to be hungry
If you are a nursing mother you are going to have to consume more calories than you did before you were pregnant. You’re basically eating for two now; whatever you eat your baby will eat. The hardest part about trying to lose the mommy tummy when you’re nursing is that you can’t really cut back on how much you eat. You can however cut back on the amount of fatty foods you eat. Expect yourself to be hungry and expect to be eating more than you’re use to, but try to limit the amount of fatty foods that go into your body a day. For instance, if you’re hungry don’t eat at McDonald’s every day. Get into the habit of cooking some healthy meals and buying some healthy fruits and vegetable snacks. This is going to be much better for the baby as well, rather than just filling up on sugars and fats all day.
Post pregnancy is never the same for anyone, as everyone’s body reacts differently to the stress of not sleeping, nursing, and other things. This should give you a fairly good idea on what to expect when trying to lose your mommy tummy though. Just remember to take it slow and not expect yourself to be back into your regular clothes right away.