Babies are God’s gifts. They bring happiness and joy into a parent’s life but there are some anxieties that come along as well. What is stressful and painful is the process of delivery, especially when it happens through a Cesarean (or C-section). After a cesarean, getting back into shape can be tiresome for the mother. Nevertheless, it can be made easy and achievable.
A C-section or cesarean is an abdominal surgery. In all probability, it causes pain and tenderness in the abdomen after the operation has been completed. It also means any kind of activity or exercise after the C-section strains the body and is not at all advisable.
Doctors recommend waiting or 6 weeks before you start to exercise after a C-section. You need to give your body time to heal itself. Thankfully, you can do some low-impact exercises, to slowly get back into shape.
1. Swear by Workout sessions
A workout routine is the first and foremost thing for a lady who has gone through a C-section. The options include yoga, cardio exercises and weight training.
After about 6-8 weeks of delivering a baby, the new mom can start yoga. It is ideal to talk to your doctor about your health and well-being when you decide to take up yoga. Lots of things have to be looked into – your body’s ability to withstand physical stress, stretching and muscle pull.
Once you get a ‘go-ahead’ from your doc, begin with incorporating yoga into your everyday routine. Start with simple breathing exercises. Do them for 2-3 weeks. When you feel you have recovered, switch over to doing some poses that will help your abdomen and back and spine stretch and recover.
A word of advice – do pay attention to how your body responds to yoga postures. In case you feel discomfort, stop them right away.
2. Focus on your Regular Diet
Fitness is on your mind the most when it’s time to reduce the flab and pounds. However, a healthy diet also needs as much if not more attention. A nutrition packed diet, which is well balanced is as important as working out and toning your muscles. Make sure your foods are low in sugar and saturated fats.
Have a High-Carb, Low-Fat Diet
Have plenty of carbohydrates, fruits (fresh ones not canned), organic veggies, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean proteins and healthy fats. This will reduce unexpected weight gain, and also rebuilds muscle mass. What you get, therefore, is a well-toned body. Remember to stay away from raw fats like butter, clarified butter and sweets.
3. Be Patient
No hurry, please! You have delivered a baby through C-section. It means your body has gone through a lot physically.
Losing weight will happen but in a ‘slow and steady’ way. Don’t push your body too hard. It will take you a bit longer to slim down your belly area, so relax. ‘One by one’ is the best methodology to regain your lost figure. You can’t ignore the fact that you’ve had a major surgery.
4. Stay Positive
Having a positive outlook towards life after becoming a mother is the need of the hour. Just because you can’t practice abdominal exercises after your C-section doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road. You can certainly get back into shape, all you need is a bit of time. A positive outlook is of utmost importance; you will eventually get into the waistline you have always admired.
5. Try some Home Remedies
In addition to exercising, there are some home remedies you can try to get back into your fittest self. For example:-
- Drink honey and lime in warm water first thing in the morning.
- Drink Green Tea which helps in reducing the flab.
- Eat apples. Rich in iron and vitamins and you can have them in either raw form or juice.
- Drink plenty of water. It is the best way to produce sufficient milk to breastfeed the little one. Breastfeeding helps burn 500 to 600 calories daily!
- Avoid caffeinated drinks.
- Tomatoes have Vitamin C which speeds up the recovery process and helps combat infections.
- Garlic helps in digestion of food and reduces post pregnancy weight.