3) STAY AWAY FROM GHEE. My south Indian mum and MIL have this idea that ghee in my food will go directly to my baby and make her chubby. Instead all of it went straight to my bum and made me fat!
4) DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF AN EVENING WALK. Make an evening walk a daily part of your routine. Make use of this time to bond with your little one, talk out loud to him/her and to sweat and pant a little. It will not only help keep you fit and healthy but will also prepare your body for a natural birth.
Things that can help post-delivery
5) LISTEN TO YOURSELF AND YOUR BODY. Post-delivery you know when you are ready to start exercising. Do not go by when others think you are ready/not ready. Go by how you feel. I was at the gym 2 months after my baby was born since I felt that was enough time for my body to recover and I was ready to start kicking some kilos!
6) DO WHAT YOU LOVE TO KEEP YOU MOTIVATED. When I enrolled at the gym, this lady told me “oh to lose weight sooner you have to run and cycle”. I absolutely hate running, I find it extremely boring. On the other hand I love dancing and so to keep myself motivated I joined aerobics. My trainer should be given credit as well for her enthusiasm and support. She totally made me look forward to every class. I was also very glad to get that hour to myself since the rest of the 23 hours were spent for the baby with the baby.
7) NO NEED TO EAT A LOT TO BE ABLE TO BREASTFEED. You do not need to eat a lot to keep up your milk supply if you are a breastfeeding mum. Again eating healthy is a must to improve the quality of your milk, but just because you eat two idlis instead of four your milk supply is not going to dwindle down. People have a number of opinions when it comes to breastfeeding and for a first time mum it is scary to think you might not be able to feed your baby enough. From my experience though I think all that was bull****. If my baby needed more milk, my body produced more milk, that is how amazing nature is :)
If you are someone who thinks your baby is not getting enough take "Sowbhagya sundi" twice daily. You can get it from any ayurveda medicine shop. This stuff is seriously amazing at boosting your milk supply and is also known to aid uterine contraction to help tighten those tummy muscles. And breastfeeding certainly helps to burn a few more calories and lose a few inches.
8) DO NOT GO ON A CRASH DIET. Instead make small changes to your diet. For example I went from three cups of milk a day to one and I took it sugar free. Such things give you a sense of accomplishment without depriving your body of the much needed nutrients to recover from the trauma it has just gone through.
9) DO NOT SKIP YOUR CALCIUM & VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS. Take the supplements prescribed by your doc regularly. They help give that extra boost needed by your body to recover and calcium apparently aids weight loss. It also helps keep up the quality of your breastmilk.
10) SET YOURSELF MODEST GOALS. My goal was to lose 1 kilo in a month. When I lost that in 2 weeks time, my motivation to keep up everything that I was already doing and do a little more was sky high.
11) PATIENCE IS KEY. You are not going to go back to being your old self within a week or a month. You will still look pregnant even 3 months after delivery. It will take time and don’t beat yourself up about how you have lost your looks or how you don’t feel like yourself etc. Someday you will be back to “normal” and feel like your old glamorous self again!