Thursday, October 27, 2011


This is a gentle reminder for me...

Your life: Accepting your post-baby body 

If ever there were a time in your life for realism, it's now. Remember that childbirth is a life- and body-changing experience. Your hips and waist may now be slightly wider and your belly may be softer. Give yourself at least the nine months it took to grow your baby to return to your pre-pregnancy shape. 

If you're breastfeeding, it's particularly important not to go on a highly restrictivediet. Instead of focusing on rapid weight loss through a diet or exercise program that may be impossible to live with the rest of your life, think more carefully about what you eat and how you eat. Here are some guidelines: 

• Eat smaller portions, and chew each bite more slowly. You'll find that you can feel satisfied with less. Stop before you feel filled up or bloated. 

• Drink water. Not only is it wise to stay hydrated if you're breastfeeding, downing liquids also fills your stomach and curbs hunger pangs. Herbal tea, decaffeinated coffee, flavored water or low-calorie fizzy drinks are also okay in moderation. 

• Eat more "good" calories and fewer "bad" ones. Don't abandon the emphasis on nutrition that you developed while you were pregnant. 

• Keep low-calorie snacks available, such as saltines, fruit and raw vegetables. 

• Start exercising again. Remember to start slowly and ease back into your pre-pregnancy workout routine. 

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