August 02, 2012 11:31
| Health and Beauty
BabyLovesChelsea is a light-hearted account of life as a housewife and new mum, living a beautiful life in Chelsea. On the blog, she shares the best of London SW3 and surrounding areas and all she has learnt so far about being a mum and a wife – from the fun to the practical. You can find her on Facebook too.
Here’s the situation: baby is out, but you still look like you’re five months pregnant. This is called the mummy tummy and is the source of much agony for new mums the world over. Your pre-pregnancy jeans don’t fit, and you still feel FAT.
From baby bump to mummy tummy, you’re still riddled with a bump, only this time there was nothing precious about it. So how to lose the weight and get back to you! Inevitably it boils down to activity and diet. Here are a few things that worked for me.
It's simple. Get moving!
I’m sure those of you who delivered naturally are now traumatised by this word but I’m referring to pushing the pram! Push the pram and burn calories. Newborns love fresh air and are usually guaranteed to nod off, giving you some breathing space to enjoy your surroundings or shop for you and baby.
There are numerous beautiful green spaces in London (Royal Hospital Gardens is my favourite), otherwise hit King's Road
or Sloane Street. When the weather was bad, I made a trip out to Westfield.
Shopping for yourself is also a great way to gain motivation too. Buy a cute outfit which will inspire you to stay on track. At this stage there’s not much more exercise that you can do, and what better way to shed the pounds than to spend time with your little munchkin?
Trusted Tip: walk with a friend or group of friends and chat away; it’s amazing the distances you’ll go without even noticing it!
Breast is Best
Feed your baby with your milk. As every sources of maternity authority would have drilled into your head over the nine months, breastfeeding is the best source of nutrients for your baby. Yes, it’s a pain and you’ll feel like a cow, but it’s actually not a bad deal for you. 500 calories per day are burned just breastfeeding! If you want your freedom back, pump. Expressing works just as well – I’m a big fan of the