Saturday, March 31, 2012

Guest Article Kristen Wells

Thank you Kristen for writing this guest article!

Getting new moms back to the bodies they want
If you’ve recently had a baby, chances are there are two things on your mind. First, how to take the best care possible of your little one. Second, how to get your body back where it was before. Both can be answered in part by simply keeping yourself healthy. A healthy and better feeling mom is better able to care for her newborn. Watching your own health means taking your time with losing your pregnancy weight.

Luckily, according to women’s health, you will likely lose about 10 pounds right after birth. I don’t know about you, but that’s a great kick-starter and something I’m thankful our bodies do themselves naturally. How quickly you lose the rest of your weight depends partially on how much you gained. If you gained the
recommended 25 to 35 pounds, it will take you a couple of months to lose it. If you gained more, you will need more time.

One key to remember is to lose weight gradually. Don’t starve yourself. Keeping your stamina up to help your body recuperate and to have the energy to take care of your new baby, especially if nursing is a priority. Eat sensibly by choosing a balance meal with enough protein and plenty of vegetables, fruits and grain to adhere to your babies nursing. A fantastic diet is great for a myriad of health concerns and is recommended by the American Cancer Society when dealing with
types of mesothelioma. Cutting out soda alone will cause you to lose weight.

Ask your doctor whether you have healed enough to begin a fitness regime. One of the best forms of exercise is walking. New mothers can buy strollers so they can take their newborns with them as they walk or jog. Also look into swimming or other light aerobic exercise to help shed pounds. Although, I’m not sure if floating your baby along with you in the pool is a good idea

If the weight is not coming off easily, break it down into manageable steps. Once you reach the next milestone, celebrate. Buy yourself a new outfit that you can wear until you lose the rest of the weight or something a size to small for something to work towards. Knocking your milestones out one after another is a great confidence boost!

As you follow and pass milestones, enjoy the first few months you have with your baby. Record her first smiles. Take her out when the weather is nice. Enjoy quiet moments together. Whether moms buy strollers or find other ways to ease their bodies back into shape, spending time with their little ones makes everything else worthwhile.

Kristin Wells is a recent college graduate from The University of Georgia and an aspiring writer. She wants to make a difference in people's lives through her writing. Kristin also likes competitive cycling, running, and traveling as much as possible.

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