Breastfeeding not only helps build your baby’s immunity but also helps you lose the baby fat and reduce the post-pregnancy belly. It does so by accelerating the shrinking of the uterus (1), (2). Talk to your doctor and start breastfeeding to get rid of that belly pooch.
Walking is a low-impact exercise that can provide numerous benefits after pregnancy, including helping with postpartum recovery, reducing stress, promoting weight loss, improving cardiovascular health, and providing an opportunity to spend quality time with your baby.
Skipping meals or replacing them with supplements after childbirth can harm milk production and hinder postnatal development; a balanced diet rich in micronutrients, leafy greens, lean protein, fiber, complex carbs, healthy fats, spices, and water is crucial for energy and toxin elimination.
To lose postpartum belly fat, incorporate 20-30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise and strength training into your routine during your baby's naptime, including core workouts to address diastasis recti, but consult with your doctor for safe and appropriate exercises.
Yoga, praised in the Vedas and Puranas, has numerous benefits, including regulating body functions and toning the abdomen through exercises like anulom-vilom, improving digestion, and aiding in stress management and mental stability.
Massage can aid in reducing tummy fat and improving metabolism postpartum, and acupuncture may also regulate hormonal balance and increase metabolism for weight loss.
Belly wraps or maternity belts may help shrink the uterus and improve posture, though there is limited scientific evidence to support their efficacy in reducing belly fat postpartum.
Meditation is a stress-relieving practice that can help new mothers release negative energy, improve focus, and sleep quality, without disturbing their baby's sleep, during the first few months after childbirth.
New moms should avoid extreme measures like diets to lose weight post-childbirth as it can lead to malnourishment and affect the baby's health; instead, consult a dietitian to find out a healthy and effective weight loss plan.