How to get back in Shape after Pregnancy

My little one is 13 months by now. However, already after like four or five months postpartum, I got asked by quite a few people how I managed to get back in shape so easily and fast. So now that everyone is getting ready for bikini-weather, I wanted to share my secrets (which are not secret at all 😉 ).

First of all I want to tell you that the most important after giving birth is to eat enough and to rest enough. Your body needs a whole lot of energy now and this really is NOT the time for diets. It is so important that you eat plenty so that you can produce plenty of milk for your baby. I did not exercise at all in the first six months after giving birth (except for walking) and I ate around 3000 kalories a day. Every day. I lost my pregnancy weight completly in the eight months after delivery and I am now two kilos lighter compared to before pregnancy.

So here are five easy steps for getting back in shape after giving birth:

1) Breastfeed!
This is the most important to get a beautiful body after pregnany. Plus it is the easiest one to follow. You really do not have to do much, except for allowing your little one to suck out all the extra fat from your body. S/he is doing all the work and you can just lay back and watch the extra reserves disappear.

2) Do NOT rush
The first few months after giving birth are not the right time to exercice. Your abs need time to get back to where they belong and if you use them too early you risk them to actually tear appart (which will make it pretty much impossible to ever get a flat tummy again). You have plenty of time to get back in shape – do not rush!

3) Eat healthy
What do I believe a healthy diet looks like? Look at this or this post for more information. In a nutshell: Your body needs a whole lot of GOOD CARBS! So eat loads of whole wheat, brown rice, potaoes etc. it will give you the energy you need to nurish your baby (and make you have plenty of good milk). You do NOT need any animal products, hence no diary (will give your baby colics) no meat, no eggs. You do not need any oils (empty calories, refined product). Eat whole foods only. Have a look here for a post on eating a vegan diet while breastfeeding.

4) Moderate exercise
A few days after giving birth you can start with short walks and as your baby gets older, the walks will get longer. I walk an average of 60 minutes a day. Some days only 30 minutes, other days up to 2 1/2 hours. Its an easy and relaxing exercise, yet it helps you strenghten your entire body and to get back in shape in an healthy way. Around six months postpartum you can begin to go running. Before that your pelvic floor is still too soft and you risk to get problems with incontinence later in life (and who wants that?). Yoga is also great to get back in shape without demanding too much of your body. As is pilates.

5) Love yourself
You gave birth! You made a new person! You are amazing! Do NEVER forget that. There will be days on which you look down on your breast/belly and you see strech marks and there will be days where you try the skirt from last year to see if it finally fits again – and it does not. And that is okay! You can be extremely proud of you! And about your stretch marks and the too much of skin around your belly. In the end, is it really important what you look like at the beach when you are there with your adorable girl/boy? You are beautiful and you can be soooo prouf of you, wonderful mother!

 

Did you find these tips helpful? Did you find it easy to get back in shape after pregnancy? I would love to read about your experiences!

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  1. Mai 29, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    Sehr schön geschrieben und deinen Post ĂŒber vegane ErnĂ€hrung in der Schwangerschaft/beim Stillen werde ich mir dann (irgendwann) mal durchlesen, wenn ich es brauche. 🙂

    -Kati

  2. Mai 31, 2016 / 3:10 am

    These are great tips! I love reading tips and stories around giving birth, so I can store them away and remember them when it’s time 🙂 That’s is interesting to hear about resting your body for many months afterward. So many things I have read say you need to jump back into your old workout routine right after giving birth, but that never made much sense to me! It seems like a much better idea to nurture yourself and give your body time to rest.

  3. Amy Arnold
    Mai 31, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    These are great tips. They come from a healthy perspective both mentally and physically.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  4. Juni 1, 2016 / 12:58 am

    This is such a great post, Larissa! I don’t have any children of my own yet, but I’ve bookmarked this post because I intend on referencing it once I get there, this is SO helpful! You look absolutely amazing, too! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you’re having a great start to your week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

  5. Shannon Jenkins
    Juni 1, 2016 / 4:20 am

    I cant believe your little one is 13 months already!! You look so amazing! Yes!! I agree breastfeeding is so important!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  6. Juni 1, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    You explain everything in such a simple, small tips!
    You look really great!
    Silvy

  7. Juni 1, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    I think these tips are great! Especially the last one! Love yourself is the most important thing to get fit!
    xoxo

  8. Juni 1, 2016 / 5:38 pm

    Very inspiring post, I dont know anything about it yet, but you really did it so great – you look so fit and slim:) I really really like your advices, especially the one with no rush, I hate to see all those celebs who are so proud to be so skinny just month after giving a birth, it’s kind of sick to me. But you did it just right!:) You’ve aked me about the broth – actually I never ever buy any broth, I prepare homemade. My mom taught me how to make the traditional chicken broth, and I do it sometimes, cos it’s really yummy, but since some time I’m making really good veggie stock and I do it every week, actually I made it today for my tomato soup:) First of all I make it with pleeeeeenty of veggies, therefore it has the actual taste. My trick is to use all the leftovers from my juicer – after making a juice there is plenty of veggies left, for me thats a taste. I also collect every leftovers of the veggies, like ends of the carrot, cabbage etc. (after makin a salad you will have a lot of it). I freeze all of that and when I’m ready I just make a broth out of it – I think the key is to use a variety of veggies – tomatoes, zucchini, parsnip… but I always use plenty of carrot and selery, that’s a must. I also use onion peels- that’s a great color for my broth and also the taste. To give more flavour I also add garlic and spices – few big bay leaves, quite a lot of allspice, peppercorns and some salt. I dont add so much water, you can always add more in the end. My broth simmers for an hour or so, it is very thick from all the veggies, so I have to sift it – I use this oldfashion baby diaper to do so, but you can also use gauze. Then its clear, deep in color from all the carrots and onion peel and very complex in that veggie taste:) What a long comment:P Hope you will find it helpful, have a wonderful week, hugs:)))

  9. Juni 1, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    These are great tips but I find different people have different ways of losing weight. I was very lucky to bounce back within two weeks, no dieting, no exercise but just genetically fast, I guess? My mum was the same with all three of us siblings. And then there are my friends who are gym bunnies and eats healthily and still struggles to get back in shape even after a year of delivery. What worked for me didn’t work for them and it was vice versa.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  10. Juni 2, 2016 / 6:08 am

    I breastfed for 9 months I remember. Didn’t exercise at all for 1 year . Did all the wrong things back then . Ate all the wrong food . Not a best thing to say on this inspiring post , but back then Internet was not introduced in a way it is now . I knew less women like u who could motivate . I hope other women can benefit of your tips .
    How did u celebrate her first birthday . She would be on her toes by now and her momma running after her haha . My daughter started walking when she was 9 months .
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  11. Juni 2, 2016 / 12:11 pm

    Das ist so ein Thema, bei dem ich mich mal dezent zurĂŒckhalten muss. Ohne selbst Kinder zu haben, sollte ich dazu echt nicht meinen Senf dazu geben. 😉
    Ich glaube aber, dass so was auch viel Veranlagung ist und manche sich da echt zu sehr davon verrĂŒckt machen lassen (leider) was sie im Internet bei Stars etc sehen. Manche mĂŒssen da echt mehr kĂ€mpfen als andere.

    Momentan gibt es noch kein aktuelles Foto von mir. Ich fĂŒhle mich auf Fotos generell eher immer unsicher und nicht so wohl, aber zur Zeit durch’s lange Kranksein auch noch so gar nicht wohl in meiner Haut. Das nimmt zwar ab, aber momentan ist das alles noch etwas seltsam. 😉

    Meine Schwester hat das auch schon oft probiert (weil sie gerne ein etwas helleres Blond hĂ€tte), aber hatte bisher auch keine schönen Ergebnisse mit Bio-Produkten und FĂ€rben. Da zeigte sich bisher leider noch nie eine VerĂ€nderung…