Natural ways to reduce belly size after birth
Most women gain weight during pregnancy. However, there are those who may wish to shed off the excess weight and return to their pre-pregnancy body. This post outlines tips that may help you reduce your belly size after birth.
Exercising after delivering may be daunting. However, it is safe and healthy if you can increase the intensity slowly. Try out the following activities:
Pelvic tilts – they can greatly strengthen the abdominal muscles. Just lie on your back, tighten your abdominal muscles and try to bend the pelvic up slightly.
Crunches- they could be the best transition between pelvic tilts and sit-ups. Ensure that you lie on your back, knee up and feet down. Put the arms in front of your chest and let the hands touch the ears. Try to raise your upper torso or shoulders towards your knees as you exhale. Pause and lower yourself to the original position while inhaling.
Sit ups- Once you realize that the crunches have become too easy, attempt a few sit ups every day. Just lie on the back with the knees up, feet down and the hands crossed over the chest. Ensure that the feet are firmly secured and attempt to lift your back off the floor. If you’re successful, try to lower yourself down slowly until the upper torso touches the ground.
Other than exercising, healthy eating can help to tone up your belly after pregnancy. However, care should be taken before you start dieting. It is recommended that you wait for two months before you actually start dieting. Avoid empty calories such as sugars, unhealthy fats and carbohydrates because they contribute to weight gain. Steer clear of pastries, sodas, ice cream and other processed foods. Swap the craving for cake and sweets with fruits and vegetables. Avoid white rice and white bread; eat whole-grain bread, quinoa, brown rice and unbleached oats. Eat kale, spinach, chard and collards because they are loaded with micronutrients and vitamins.
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