Don’t Stress the Baby Weight! 7 Tips for less stress & postnatal weightloss

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I am a big believer in relaxation, breastfeeding, rest, and proper diet for moms to gradually return to their pre-baby bodies. I work with celebrities who have to look a certain way before they get back into the limelight. There is an unrealistic pressure to be rail thin after having a child. Pregnancy is a big experience for the body to undergo and a woman must be supported throughout. When a mother perceives stress she floods the body with stress hormones most notably cortisol, which actually contributes to the development of belly fat- so that last little bit of “pooch” that doesn’t quite appear to be loose skin from pregnancy could intact be belly fat produced overtime as a response to stressors.

Here are my 7 Glow tips for managing postnatal stress & snapping back to the pre-baby body:

  • Relax– it’s not a competition to loose the weight, focus on bonding, and enjoying your baby, the weight will peel off when you’re not in “freak out mode”
  • Stay Hydrated– continue with drinking tons of fluids, especially water. 3 liters of water daily can increase your metabolism by 33% and it will ensure that you produce more milk.
  • Breastfeed– Breastfeeding is Mother Nature’s answer to weight loss. Nursing your babe regularly will burn up to 600 calories per day.
  • Exercise– Don’t go crazy, but moderate exercise 3-4 days per week will ensure steady weight loss, do activities you enjoy: yoga, cycling, roller blading, swimming, jogging, but make sure you have your doctor’s clearance to start after 6 weeks postpartum.
  • Breathe Deep– Meditation and breath awareness exercises have been proven to reverse the stress response in the body and helping to induce a sense of peace and calm.
  • Take Glow Time– Every mother needs some time for herself, to recharge the batteries, whether its taking a warm bath, getting a massage, reading a good book,  watching a netflix, or going to lunch with friends, find time for nurturing yourself so you can feel at ease and appreciate yourself.
  • Eat Glow Foods– Plant based foods that are nutrient dense, low in calories, and give bang for the buck- you can find a list and healthy recipes in my book- Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy 

If you can incorporate some or all of these Glow tips into your arsenal, then you will find a smoother transition in the postnatal period.

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