Generally, losing tummy fat is not easy talk less of the post-pregnancy tummy fat. It usually is a source of concern for mothers. Extra layers of flesh begin to build up around the stomach and your body weight shoots up rather unexpectedly. Many begin to wonder if they would ever get back to how they were before pregnancy. Tummy fat makes a woman extra conscious of her body and sometimes, lots of anxiety and lack of confidence begin to creep in.
All women experience body changes during pregnancy. This is because your body is going through a series of transitions and adjustments so as to accommodate the baby and its growth.
How to Get a Flat Tummy after Delivery in Nigeria
Firstly, you must bear in mind that it could take a lot of time and effort to get rid of your pregnancy fats and weight such as the sagging skin on your stomach. However, it is very possible to get rid of tummy fat and you can do it too. It took about 9 months for your tummy to get that big, so it would be only normal for it to take just about that much time or even more for your stomach to tighten and get back to its original shape.
How fast you will be able to get back to your pre-pregnancy shape really depends on a number of factors such as:
How active you were during pregnancy
Your shape before pregnancy
how much weight you acquired while you were pregnant
Some women who gained less weight and who also exercised during pregnancy are always quick to get back in shape. This article provides you with information on how to get a flat tummy after delivery. Read on below:
Without any birth complications, an average woman can begin exercising just one week after delivery. Remember though that exercises differ in intensity, and it is important that you know what your body can take so you do not overstress your body. Simple exercises that can be done include tightening your abdominal muscles and releasing them after a while. If you think you are not yet up to it, it is advisable you wait till after six weeks of delivery before you even begin any form of exercise so as to avoid any injuries or complications.
Why exercises are so important
During pregnancy, your uterus grows and gets enlarged. After pregnancy, it usually takes about 4 weeks for the uterus to shrink back to its former size. The fluids your body retained during pregnancy can be expelled gradually through sweat, vaginal secretions, and urine. You can start with some soft running (jogging) after 6 months of delivery.
Incorporate Yoga and Pilates
Yoga and pilates are forms of low-impact and flexibility exercises that aim to strengthen body muscles. It also helps to improve postural alignment and to burn out fat in every part of your body including your tummy. Yoga increases flexibility which then helps your uterus shrink faster.
Breastfeed your baby regularly
Many do not know but breastfeeding helps a nursing mother lose weight. It also helps your uterus to shrink faster. Breastfeeding is a natural way of burning body fat and calories.
How does it work
When breastfeeding, there are usually contractions in the tummy. This helps the tummy to get flatter. When breastfeeding, there is the secretion of oxytocin which stimulates the muscles of the uterus to work. This activity also helps it shrink faster. Breastfeeding is not just important for the baby’s growth and nutrition; it is also of advantage to the mother. The fat in the body of the nursing mother is transformed into milk, which helps her lose the extra fat she does not want. This is the reason breastfeeding moms lose weight faster than moms who do not breastfeed.
Exfoliate Your Skin
Nursing mothers experience sagging skin around their belly. In order to tighten the sagging skin around the belly, exfoliate the skin by using a scrub when having your bath. By scrubbing the skin around your belly, you are also increasing the blood flow around that area. Finally, exfoliating will help create new, healthy and elastic skin around the belly.
Massage with lotions
You can always get a massage from a massage shop or your husband. You will find a lotion that contains collagen, Vitamin E, C, A, and K. Purchase and massage the lotion into your sagging skin. This will help to tighten the skin after pregnancy. For the best results, do this twice a day.
It is totally compulsory that you eat a balanced diet if you want to burn fat in your tummy and help your uterus shrink. Good nutrition helps your breast milk to be more nutritious and thus the breastfeeding mechanism becomes more functional. When you are able to breastfeed well, your body fat reduces, and uterus shrinks. Eating healthy makes you stand a better chance of getting a flat tummy.
Note: Do not starve yourself to lose weight. It is unhealthy for you and your baby. Also, when you suddenly stop starving yourself, you will add weight faster than you lost it. Eat in small portions and do not eat junk.
Massaging the Uterus
Massage the base of your tummy with essential oils and warm water. This is a traditional and effective way to help your tummy become flatter.
Drink enough water
Generally, water is good for your body. It helps to hydrate your skin and to increase its elasticity. Water also helps you burn more calories, which will keep your skin look healthy and tight. There is also research supporting the fact drinking enough water could retract abdominal muscles.
Wrapping your stomach or wearing a girdle
This is also a good option. While wearing a girdle, you feel wrapped in from right under your bust all the way down to the hips
Finally, remember you carried your precious baby for nine months, focus on this bundle of joy before you and not the excess fat. Be proud of yourself for accomplishing such a huge task. If it takes a longer time than expected for the skin on your belly to tighten, don’t fret, keep eating healthy and working towards getting a flat tummy back.
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