Katie Moore contacted me earlier this month because she found my blog (I love her for that) and liked the content (I want to marry her for that). She asked if I would host her as a guest blogger on my site.
So I wouldn’t have to come up with my own material, Because I was raised right by an elegant Southern woman with mucho grace and class so I was more than happy to welcome her to my humble blogging home. The following article about being kind to yourself (very, very yogic) and setting realistic expectations around getting back in shape after birthing a baby is by Ms. Katie Moore.
Note from MMY: The winner of BOOK GIVEAWAY will be announced next post – in 2 days.
Realistic Goals for Postpartum Nutrition and Exercise
After having a baby, getting fit is all about commitment to exercise and diet. It’s also about realistic goals. You should wait two to six weeks before doing any exercise aside from what you do to care for your baby. I fully expected to jump right back into my pre-pregnancy exercise routine thinking that I was going to break tradition and slim back down quickly. The reality is that delivery requires more recovery than you may have expected and that resting and bonding with your baby is more important than fitting into your skinny jeans again.
If you compare your postpartum weight loss to the mega weight loss of celebrities like Mariah Carey and Kate Hudson after they had their babies, you will get depressed in a hurry. Celebrities have personal trainers, personal chefs, nannies, and plastic surgeons. You can look just as good if you think in terms of months, instead of weeks.
Did you know that you need 300 to 500 calories more per day to sustain an adequate supply of breast milk? Don’t cut calories until after you finish breastfeeding. Protein-rich foods will take you a long way in your beginning days of motherhood. You want to be on a diet that gives you enough energy to keep up with the demands of your new baby, and you want your baby to be getting the best breast milk.
You should eat complex carbohydrates like sprouted wheat bread, whole grain rolls, oatmeal and other cereals. Fresh fruit will provide you with long-lasting energy. Work at eating lots of vegetables. Many of them are loaded with antioxidants that stop cell damage from free radicals. They taste good, too. Lean protein in chicken and turkey is a must along with fatty fish like salmon.
Eat good fats like avocados and nuts. These will keep the fat composition of your breast milk at the right level. When preparing meat, take off the skin and extra fat before you cook it. Broil or bake meat and avoid deep-frying anything.
It is best to get the go-ahead from your doctor before embarking on an exercise regimen. My doctor was very helpful in giving advice on options for my birthing plan, like pain medication, immunizations, and cord blood banking, so it was natural for me to go right back to my doctor with my exercise and diet concerns.
Once you have the okay, start by walking, cycling on a stationary exercise cycle, swimming and aerobic exercise. When doing aerobic exercises, start with those that are low-impact. You should not do any exercise that is too strenuous. If anything hurts, stop what exercise you are doing immediately and rest. It is more important to work your way slowly back into exercise instead of wearing yourself out or getting hurt.
Get back into shape one day at a time with good nutrition and moderate exercise. You’ll be back to your old self in no time.
“Katie Moore has written and submitted this article. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26.”
Katie makes a lot of good points, we would need the right bank account, DNA and an army of au pairs to keep up with the star’s post baby work out plan.
For you and for me – it’s a process, baby.