Its normal for your lower abdomen to be loose or saggy following pregnancy (or generalweight gain). After all, the muscles went through nine months of slow stretching as your baby grew and were put through further strain during birth.
You probably also gained a bit of belly fat, and the two factors together account for the lower belly poochthat ruins your day when you look in the mirror.
First, keep in mind that you are beautiful no matter what and that you are now mommy strong! Second, breathe a sigh of relief because theres no need to resort to crazy diets or excessive exercise to get rid of your pooch. Simply adopting a few healthy habits will help you lose weight and tone up as you adjust to life with a new baby.
MAKE GEL-V PART OF YOUR DAILY ROUTINE
There are many things you can do to get rid of your belly pooch through diet and exercise alone, but the process can take weeks or months and may leave you with loose skin.
To help speed up the natural process of toning your stomach and tightening up skin in the process, I recommend using Gel-V throughout your journey.
Gel-V is a dermo-cosmetic reduction gel that promotes lipid mobilization to combat visceral and subcutaneous fat (also known as the kind of belly fat you REALLY want to get rid of).
Just like you were probably told to apply cocoa butter to help prevent stretch marks during pregnancy, Gel-V can help you during your post-pregnancy quest to attain a more desirable figure.
Simply apply Gel-V to your lower abdomen up to three times per day. In conjunction with eating a mostly healthy diet (a cheat dayper week is okay) and exercising you will see fast results! Look through the before and after photos of customers on my Instagram @VannaBelt for proof!
EAT REAL FOOD
Boxed convenience meals and takeout menus are tempting during the first hectic months after pregnancy, but if you want to lose your pooch and get healthier, you need to make time to eat well.
Center meals around nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, lean protein from legumes and healthy carbohydrates from whole grains. Add in the beneficial fats found in nuts, seeds and avocados, and youll begin to see positive changes in your body.
BREASTFEED YOUR BABY IF YOU CAN
Mothers who breastfeed burn extra calories during the nursing period. The body requires additional energy to produce breast milk, and many women find that this aids in post-pregnancy weight loss to a certain extent.
Breastfeeding benefits your baby, as well, by providing the proper nutrient balance during the critical early period of life and preventing problems with immunity and disease that may be caused by switching to formula too early.
DO THE RIGHT EXERCISES
Talk with your doctor about establishing a safe workout regimen after pregnancy. A condition called diastasis recti in which the muscle that covers your abdominal area becomes separated may make some exercises inadvisable until your body heals.
Once you have the all clear, develop a routine that includes a combination of strength training with heavy weights and intense cardio such as HIIT. If its been a while since your last workout, start off easy and increase the difficulty as both strength and endurance improve.
TIGHTEN YOUR PELVIC FLOOR
The muscles in the pelvic floor are responsible for supporting your bladder and uterus, and they often become loose after months of being under the pressure of your babys weight. Tone them back up by performing regular sets of pelvic floor exercises:
- Take a breath, and pull your pelvic floor muscles up and in as you exhale.
- Hold the contraction for a few sections before releasing.
- Repeat several times, working your way up to eight to ten repetitions in a row.
Perform these exercises three times a day, and gradually increase the length of the contraction.
Many of these healthy methods for getting rid of post-pregnancy belly pooch can be continued after you reach your goal weight. Eating well and exercising will give you the energy to keep up with your baby as he or she grows and keep you well so that you can be there for all the milestones of life.
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