How to Lose Weight after Pregnancy

Lose weight after pregnancy and exercise with baby, what could be more fun than letting your baby join in?

Many mothers experience problems with losing weight after pregnancy. Bet you didn't know that you can do a few gentle exercises just days after giving birth. Even while lying in bed or sitting in a chair, try to get into the habit of doing something to tone your muscles.

Post Pregnancy Weight Loss

Fasting for weight loss or visiting weight loss clinics is not an option if you are breastfeeding. Perhaps you might decide to visit a quick weight loss center. Try to lose baby weight the healthy way with exercise after pregnancy.

If you want to exercise after c section, wait for 4 to 6 weeks before starting to exercise and check with your doctor first. If you have had a tear or an episiotomy, don't practise stretching exercises until it has healed.

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My Journey from US size 0 to 8 & Back
(I sacrificed my body to science just for you, my dear blog readers)

After my 3rd kid, I was a size 6-8 (depending on my dinner). I really tried everything:

  • Exercise - 10-12 km jogs everyday
  • Eating Less - Isn't losing weight just 'Eating less & Moving more'?
  • Duramine Diet pills - I lost my appetite, became an insomniac but was totally pepped up with energy. All would have been well except you can't take this long term coz' it's bad for your internal organs & I was cranky as hell! (What do you expect with 3 -4 hours of sleep every night, I was getting delusional...)
  • Tummy patches from Korea - You can't use this everyday coz' in the Singapore heat, it gets itchy. The verdict is still out on this, I think I just got an extremely itchy & sweaty stomach, with a slight loss in belly fat.
  • Marie France Bodyline Slimming Treatments - I tried a cocktail of all their treatments (1 each at a promotional price). I did lose quite a bit of my weight gain from my pregnancies and most of my stomach fat (my problem area), but the pounds rushed right back after I stopped the program (Who can spend thousands of $$$ to maintain my post-treatment weight? Darn, aren't I supposed to be able to keep the weight off on a semi-permanent basis?).
  • Body wraps & 'Lipolysis' - OK, be careful of this. You can suffer so much water loss through sweat and dehydration that you actually feel dizzy & unwell. The inch loss and weight loss is imaginary as you will definitely need to drink water & Boom! It's baaaaccccck...
  • Indonesian Jamu massages - This was my first treatment & the massage was quite painful (1 hour's worth of 'No pain, no gain') & there appeared to be bruises on my tummy. The massage was supposed to 'soften' the hard crystallized fat in your belly!
  • Zaggora Hotpants - I loved these hotpants for running, you sweat like a pig under the wetsuit material of the hotpants and feel like you have accomplished a whole lot. I did get my amazing trim thighs!
  • 3 Week Diet - I am working on getting my tummy as flat as possible and maybe getting that line down the middle of your stomach if you are really in great shape for a woman. I am on a reasonable high protein-low carb diet plan (No Atkins diet for me!). By reasonable, I mean I eat like a normal person, no starvation required. In fact, I try to eat small meals 4 hourly, supplemented with Fish oil, Whey protein, CLA, Leucine, Greens+ Superfoods, Fat burners and plenty of water to clear the toxins from my body. (Work in progress - I will report back to you of the results)

My After weight loss picture was taken at the beginning of this year and I am 45 years old (2015). I am a US size 2-4 now. I don't think I will ever be a size 0 again in this lifetime & be able to slip on a dress without even unzipping it (like in the good ole days... never mind, there is always my next life.)

In case you think I have skinny Chinese genes, nope, my grandfather had pants 3 normal-sized guys could get into. My mother used to horrify me with stories of how my aunt's 20 inch waist before marriage became 20 inch thighs after her 4 kids. I was determined not to walk down that scary path of permanently being called 'Auntie' by all and sundry.

Pelvic Floor Exercises for women

Do pelvic floor exercise to keep the pelvic floor muscles toned. Pull in and tense the muscles around your vagina and anus, as if you were stopping the flow of urine. Hold as long as you can without straining. Relax. Repeat 25 times or more each day.

Restart this exercise as soon as you can after delivery to minimize the risk of pelvic floor prolapse. Early exercise will tone up the vagina for sexual intercourse too. Try to make the exercise part of your daily routine.

Pelvic Floor Exercises should also be done during pregnancy. You can do it anytime, I used to suffer really bad insomnia while I was pregnant, so I did pelvic floor muscle exercises hundreds of times a night!

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

The pelvic floor muscles form a funnel that supports the uterus, bowel and bladder, and close the entrances to the vagina, rectum and urethra. During pregnancy, an increase in pregesterone, causes the muscles to soften and relax, and pressure from the enlarging uterus can cause the pelvic floor to become stretched and weak. Up to 50% of women who have had babies develop weakness in the pelvic floor. As a result, they may experience discomfort or stress incontinence - slight leakage of urine when laughing, coughing or sneezing.

How to reduce loose skin after pregnancy

Tone up your stomach muscles by pulling them in as you breathe out, then holding for a few seconds. Relax, and then repeat as often as possible. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. I slathered on so much moisturizer while I was pregnant. I swear by the Clarins Body Treatment Oil which was recommended by a friend who was an obstetrician.

How to reduce swollen ankles and legs

You can reduce swollen ankles and feet simply by moving your feet up and down as though you were pedaling. You may experience ankle swelling after childbirth, but in my experience, it goes away in a week or two. Swollen feet and ankles (or oedema) are caused by water retention and standing can cause fluid to pool in the ankles.

Simply put your feet up and avoid salty food. You can also sleep with your swollen ankles and feet elevated by placing pillows at the foot of your bed. Video Alert : How to make healthy eating unbelievably easy | Luke Durward | TEDxYorkU

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Postnatal Exercises Weight Loss plan

Establish a daily exercise routine a few weeks after giving birth. With the new demands of being a mother, this may not seem like a top priority. However, exercising will tone muscles that were stretched during pregnancy and delivery, and increase your energy supply.It's also good for morale.

You can do short stints of exercise twice or several times a day rather than one long period. If you had a rigorous exercise regime before or during pregnancy, get back into it. I got back to running and lost most of my excess weight in a few months, though I am not at my pre pregnancy weight. I think those days of squeezing into a size 0 are over!

Side bends - Stand with your feet about 1 metre apart. With your left hand on your thigh, slowly bend over to the left. Breathe deeply and hold your breath for a short while. Straighten up as you breathe out. Repeat the exercise, bending to the right.

Pelvic tuck-in - Kneel down on all fours with your knees about 30cm apart, then tighten your buttock muscles, tucking in your pelvis and arching your back upwards into a hump. Hold for a few seconds, then release. Don't let your back sink downward. Repeat several times.

Cat arching - Kneel on all fours with your back straight. Breathing in, bend a leg up and lower your forehead towards your knee. Hold for a second. Breathing out, stretch, raising the leg behind you and lifting up your head. Hold for a few seconds, then change leg.

Abdominal toner - Lie on your back on the floor with your knees bent (feet touching the floor) and your arms by your sides. Breathe deeply. As you breathe out, raise your head and arms, palm upward. Hold for a couple of seconds, then relax. Repeat 10 times. You will be able to lift your head higher with regular practise.

Forward bend - Place your feet 30cm apart, keeping them parallel, and loosely clasp your hands behind your back. Keeping your back straight, bend slowly forward from your hips. Then raise your hands until they are as far above your head as you can possibly reach. Breathe deeply for a few breaths, then rise slowly and repeat.

Put baby in front of you and both of you can have fun while you exercise.

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This is provided courtesy of KK Women's & Children's Hospital and Singapore Sports Council.

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