As vein as it sounds, I have always worried about weight loss after having a baby. The first time round I had convinced myself I would have a ouch forever. I spent countless days and nights researching the best ways and tactics to lose weight. The second time I was more confident but still had that worry.
Here are my solutions and what I did to lose my pregnancy weight. I put on three stone whilst being pregnant.
I sourced two off amazon. The first one I had was much like a corset and very rigid. I found it quite uncomfortable so would do two hours a day before switching
The second one was much more comfortable.
The best thing about the girdle is that it holds everything in. You can adjust the tightness. I took mine to the hospital and as soon as I had given birth and got up I put it on. I really feel like it has been a key component in getting your stomach back.
I bought the sanctuary clay wrap the first time and second time bought Amazonian clay of amazon and used warm bandages. This draws out water and toxins which helps lose some of that water weight you carry during and after pregnancy. Exfoliate a lot to encourage the skin to 'bounce' back.
Another key to my weight loss. I know not everybody can feed and it is individual choice. Starting your day on minus 500 calories helps hugely. In fact, after six months with my firstborn I struggled to keep weight on due to always being on the go and feeding.
After the first week of giving birth I did certain gentle exercises. These include the pelvic tilt, pelvic floor lifts and pelvic bicycles. I can give more information on these. The point is tilting the pelvis and holding it for 3-5 seconds to begin to correct the daisis recti. Drawing these muscles back in is the first most important thing to do.
After six weeks I started going to mum and baby pilates and yoga. This again helps with toning, balance, strength and drawing everything back together. All these things are thrown off during pregnancy. Four months later these are the only exercises I do. I usually do pilates twice a week and yoga once. I also walk everyday and concentrate on engaging my core.
Day before giving birth
Day after giving birth
Day ten postpartum
Four months postpartum