Are you wondering how to lose your pregnancy belly in a safe and effective way?
It is possible and I’ll show you how I lost 25kg after having my second baby.
After 4 years of infertility, I was so excited to finally be pregnant. It was something that I had been dreamy about for years. As my body changed, I embraced it. I wasn’t phased by the weight gain, the stretch marks or the large breasts. It was all part of it and I loved it!
Once my first was born I was so scared about actively losing weight. I was breastfeeding and paranoid that losing weight would affect my milk supply. As a result, I didn’t lose weight after my first.
Three years later, I was pregnant again. Once again such a wanted and welcomed pregnancy. I embraced it and all that it had for me.
This time, I gained more weight. I was starting to feel uncomfortable and to say I was looking forward to losing the weight was an understatement!
I was incredibly grateful for what my body has been able to do. It had carried two babies to full term and birthed them with ease. I had then nourished both babies. I was so grateful.
However, the weight was starting to really get to me. I was constantly being asked when I was due to have my third and to be honest, I wasn’t feeling great.
It was time to lose the baby weight!
After plenty of research, I had chosen my weight loss program and formulated a plan. There was no stopping me!
Over the coming 4 months, I lost almost 30kgs and was feeling great! Not only physically but also within myself.
Here are my top tips on how to lose your pregnancy belly safely.
NOTE: Please don’t start any weight loss programs until you have established your milk supply if you’re breastfeeding.
Focus on nourishing your body
When you’re losing weight, shift your focus from weight loss to nourishing your body. Everything you consume is done so in order to nourish your body. When craving something that you know doesn’t align with that, think of an alternative that would be more nourishing. You’ll get into the habit of this and you’ll realise how often you were filling up on nutritionally void foods.
Drink plenty of water
I can’t recommend this enough! You need to be staying hydrated, especially if you’re breastfeeding as well. I was aiming to drink 3 liters of water a day. I got there most days and after a while, it became the norm. I also suggest that you drink filtered water. If you want, you can add some lemon to add some flavor.
Find a supportive community that will help you through it
This might be in person or online. The program that I ended up using was The Fit, Happy, Healthy Mum Program by Sharny and Julius. One of the main reasons I went with it was because of the support group that comes with it. They’re all moms in a similar situation to you. They get what you’re struggling with and are there to help you through it.
Find a program that works for you
As I said, I took The Fit, Happy, Healthy Mum Program. The main reason I wanted this program was that they take into consideration breastfeeding moms. There are options for you if you are feeding. I think this is so important because you will have different nutritional requirements compared to a mom that isn’t feeding.
I also liked this program because it was affordable and there aren’t any extra supplements to purchase once in the program and you get the program for life. This has been amazing for me, I’ve been back in there to go back over some of the content.
The Fit, Happy, Healthy Mum Program includes a short daily exercise routine that you don’t need any equipment for and can literally do in your lounge room. For me, all of these points ticked the right boxes.
Get an accountability partner
I like to have an in-person accountability partner. Someone that you can chat with and just let them know how you’re going. It’s also great if you can get out walking with your accountability partner, walking and talking it’s the best!
Smoothies are a great way to nourish your body and they’re quick to prepare, perfect when you have a young baby around! There are so many options when it comes to recipes so make sure you experiment and find what works for you.
I love adding greens to my smoothies. Greens are jammed packed with nutrients and they’re low carb. You can eat as many as you want and when you add them to smoothies, most of the time you can’t even taste them. They’re even great as a meal replacement if you’re needing something nutritious but light.
Simple Green Smoothies have a free 7 ingredient, 7 smoothies, 7-day challenge to get you started!
Walk with other moms
Hopefully, you’ve been able to find other moms with similar aged babies. If you can, get out walking with them! Get the fresh air, debrief on the babies all the while getting your exercise in. It is said that long, low impact exercise is great for losing pregnancy weight.
Reduce your sugar intake
This is a huge one with losing the pregnancy belly. Excess sugars are often stored in the belly and the best way to reduce the pregnancy belly is to reduce your sugar intake. When you’re thinking about reducing your sugar intake remember that it includes sugar, honey, maple syrup, dates, agave, artificial sweeteners and anything that ends in -ose.
For more information on how to quit your sugar addiction, read this post.
Be gentle with yourself
I know that you want to lose the pregnancy belly quickly but these things can take time. It can get increasingly frustrating when you also have sleep deprivation to deal with and potentially other children to parent as well! Know that you’re doing a great job and do your best with your weight loss, there may be days that it just doesn’t happen. If lack of sleep is getting to you, read this post.
I hope that gives you some help on how to lose your pregnancy belly. If you are looking for a weight loss program, I highly recommend The Fit, Happy, Healthy Mum Program. I wouldn’t have lost almost 30kg without it!
Good luck with your weight loss journey!