Beyoncé, who has just announced that she’s pregnant with twins, is only one of the celebrity mums who, over the last few years, seemed to ‘bounce back’ to her pre-pregnancy weight without a second thought.
When Beyoncé gave birth to her now five-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, in 2012, she announced that she had lost 60lb in less than four months after Blue Ivy’s birth thanks to a combination of eating a lot of lettuce and a punishing exercise regime.
Most busy mums we know don’t have the time to exercise like that! Nor do we know many who want to live like rabbits on a daily diet of lettuce…
But the good news is that, in most cases, if you begin your pregnancy at a normal weight, then it shouldn’t take you more than a couple of months to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight as long as you watch what you eat and exercise.
With that in mind, here are some of MM’s tips to help you lose weight after pregnancy and to fit back into your old jeans.
Exercise during pregnancy
When you first find out that you’re pregnant, it’s important that you maintain a gentle exercise regime as this will really benefit you. Research has shown that exercise in pregnancy has many advantages, including improving muscle tone, strength and endurance.
It’s a fact that regular exercise will also help you to carry the weight that you will gain over the course of the nine months and will help to prepare you for the challenges posed by labour.
It goes without saying that you shouldn’t suddenly hurtle into excessive exercise, particularly if you’re not used to it. Ideal exercise for pregnancy is that which gets your heart pumping without causing you or your baby too much physical stress.
Naturally, you should avoid any exercise activities where you are likely to fall or slip, so rule out skiing, cycling and rollerblading for the time being.
Exercises recommended by health professionals include:
The old exercise favourite, walking keeps you fit and gives your heart a workout without costing any money! It’s perfectly safe throughout your pregnancy and is the easiest exercise to fit into a daily routine.
This can be one of the most efficient ways to give your heart and body a workout. The flexibility of jogging means that you can run ten minutes one day and a half hour the next – whatever suits you! Having said that, it’s vital to remember that, if you’ve been for a jog or a run before, now is not the time to start. Stick to other forms of more gentle exercise such as walking.
Another favourite of mums to be! Swimming is one of the best and safest forms of exercise for you whether you’re pregnant or not. That’s because it exercises both your large muscle groups (your arms and legs) and works your heart. Many women also enjoy the feeling of weightlessness they get from being in water.
Cycling in early pregnancy is good because the bicycle carries your weight, but be aware that, as the baby grows, there is a greater risk of falling and also of putting stress on your back from leaning over.
YOGA and PILATES:
These can both be good for pregnant women as they relieve pressure and stress on the body. Some instructors run special classes for pregnant women and can adjust stretches to suit your condition. They will encourage you to avoid exercising while lying flat on your back.