To give your body some time to recover from labour
and birth, wait
six weeks or so before you think
Do bear in mind that
your body may change shape after pregnancy, and you may find it
difficult to return to your exact pre-pregnancy weight.
If you're not breastfeeding,
you can start to eat a little less than you'd need to maintain your
normal weight, which is what your Slimpod will help you to do. But don't
go on a strict diet - women need a minimum of around 1,200 calories a
day to stay healthy. If you are breastfeeding, you'll need to consume
more calories than a new mum who isn't breastfeeding.
To get started, choose low-fat, high-fibre foods, plan healthy snacks
such as fresh fruit to stave off hunger instead of grabbing a biscuit on
the run, and avoid grazing from the fridge. Also, do watch what you
drink, as a surprising number of calories can be hidden in juice and
Enjoy eating a nutritious, varied diet, which will help to speed your
recovery from labour and birth, and help you
keep up with the demands of
being a new parent. For the average woman, this means eating about
1,900 to 2,100 calories daily.
While many women who breastfeed lose weight because of the energy it
takes to produce milk, the non-breastfeeding mum will need to work
harder to get the same results. "The first stone or so came off really
quickly after the birth," says new mum Lucy. "And I lost the next half a
stone in a fortnight. But the last couple of pounds were worked off at
the gym and brisk walks pushing baby Amelia in the pram." One of the
benefits of your Slimpod is that it will retune your mind to see
exercise as a pleasure not a chore.
If you ate a good, nutritious diet before and during your pregnancy,
you may only need a few months to restock all the nutrients your baby
needed to grow and develop. But, if you didn’t eat well before and
during pregnancy - for whatever reason, including morning sickness, food aversions, or other pregnancy-related difficulties - it can take a lot longer, around a year or more.
It may take that long even if you were a model eater. Remember,
you've just accomplished a strenuous, nutritionally draining feat. Give
your body the time it needs to get back in shape. You’ll find your
Slimpod will make weight loss easier and quicker but it won’t rush you
into doing anything which isn’t good for you.
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