Your body will undoubtedly be different than before you became pregnant. And that’s okay – you created and birthed a human being. With that being said though, we will still long to lose weight and tone up some. Here are some tips to help with firming up some (not all) of that skin.
1) Cardio exercise
Do cardio exercise, once given the okay from your doctor, to start being active again, on a regular basis. A regular basis should include cardio exercise from 3-5 times a week for at least 30 minutes. Things such as cycling, speed walking, jogging or swimming are great exercises to get in your cardio. Getting a FitBit, Apple Watch or a similar device is great to both track and motivate your activity level. They also have communities that you can join to encourage your participation and commitment.
2) Strength Training
Incorporate strength training to shape and tone your muscles by doing situps, pushups, pilates, yoga or any exercise that tightens your core and glute muscles. You can also do these activities in the comfort of your home. If you don’t have your own routine or know where to start, there are countless apps that you can download to your phone, tablet or even TV, such as Baby2Body: Pregnancy Wellness or The SnapBack. The most important thing to do is to commit to an exercise routine for the wellness of both you and your family.
3) Eat Proteins
Eating healthy proteins can help you build muscle, boost metabolism, reduce calorie intake and decreased appetite. Additionally, collagen can also be in your protein which tightens skin. Healthy sources of protein include lean meats (such as skinless white-meat poultry, lean beef 95% lean, and pork loin), eggs, fish, legumes, nuts, seeds and dairy products.
4) Drink Plenty of Water
Drink plenty of water as it helps hydrate the skin and make it more elastic and reduce water retention. If you have trouble drinking at least 8 cups or 64 oz. of water a day, try buying a Motivational Time Marker Water Bottle. This water bottle has been a game changer for me! I fill this bottle twice a day and drink from it throughout the day enabling me to drink at least a 1/2 gallon of water a day. Or you can get a fruit infuser water bottle to add a little flavor to your water.
Massage your targeted areas with carrier oils, such as jojoba oil or coconut oil to help tighten the skin. Postpartum massages within the first 12 weeks of giving birth helps reduce swelling. The massage itself helps redistributes water in your body and drains and circulates excess fluids during this period while your skin is still snapping back from the pregnancy.