By the end of my pregnancy I had put on 33lbs which was within the healthy range that is recommended but seemed a lot to me!
Once I gave birth I was desperate to lose the extra pounds and get my body back. Within the first week I lost 20lbs, but then it slowed down to 2lbs the next week, then 1lb. I was stuck at 11lbs above my pre-pregnancy weight for a long time!
It took until 6 months postpartum to get back down to my pre-pregnancy weight and at this point it just started melting away!
Seven 1/2 months postpartum - 5lbs under pre-pregnancy weight.
This is what I think helped:
This definitely burns a lot of calories, but it may make you more hungry so you have to be careful not to overindulge. As James got older and ate more I felt I was losing more weight even though I was eating more than normal.
Walk as much as possible
I don't drive, so I walk everywhere. Getting out with the pram is a fantastic workout!
So important if you're breastfeeding, but also to help your body recover after birth. If I let myself get dehydrated I feel tired and less energetic.
Being at home too much can send you straight to this biscuit tin....get out for a walk, look for baby classes, go to the park.
De-stress and (try to) get sleep
Obviously with a baby, sleep is often not that easy to come by, but trying to get to bed early a few nights a week has such an impact on how you feel! Some nights I will go to bed at 8pm and then I know I'll wake up feeling full of energy. If I'm tired I will want to eat all day!
To keep your metabolism going, eat little and often. This is probably the easiest way to eat when looking after a baby anyway, because you often have to grab something on the go. Just make sure you have healthier options around the house! My go to snacks are nuts & dried fruit, cereal bars, apple with cheese and flapjacks.
Some may not agree this helps, but without my morning latte and a few cups of tea throughout the day I have much less energy so am not so active.
I will very rarely have a glass of wine now (if I have enough time until I have to breastfeed again) and I used to drink a lot more before I got pregnant. Even when I quit breastfeeding, I won't be drinking that often because even two small glasses of wine leaves me feeling tired the next day - not worth it when looking after a baby!
Looking after James
Lifting him up, running after him, dancing around....looking after a baby is a very active job, especially once they start moving!
37 weeks pregnant
One week postpartum
I hope this was helpful to some of you. If you have any tips on toning up after birth I'd love to hear.