The ability to create new life is an indisputable gift. However, there is no point in denying that it comes with a cost. Trying to get your body back after pregnancy can be tough. With the average woman gaining 25-35 during pregnancy, our bodies go through a remarkable transformation in an effort to adapt. Everything swells: your breasts, your stomach, and your feet. The pressure stretches your skin and the physical strain can make it harder to take adequate care of yourself. Suddenly, it all changes.
Once the baby is born, your body attempts to rapidly return to normal. Unfortunately, your stretched skin and any extra weight you put on during the pregnancy may not get the message. The rapidity of the process leaves many women in shock, wanting desperately to return to the body they knew before the baby.
Get Your Body Back After Pregnancy
Luckily, a few tried and true methods can help get you closer to what your body looked like prior to pregnancy. You’re probably thinking a healthy diet and exercise. That is certainly a part of plan, but several other factors could be hindering your ability to lose weight. At the best center for plastic surgery Beverly Hills has, we can help.
Missing Out on Nightly Zzzz’s
With a crying baby in the next room, it can be nearly impossible to get the recommended eight hours of sleep per 24 hour period. Unfortunately, lacking sleep is one of the key factors that may make it nearly impossible for you to lose weight. To keep your sleep schedule on track, pediatricians tend to suggest new parents try to sleep whenever the baby is sleeping. That will certainly be more than eight hours a day, but after literally creating a human being you need all the rest you can get.
You have more to do than ever before, and that can make it really difficult for you to stay properly hydrated. It is vital that you drink water throughout the day to give your body the hydration it needs. As a bonus, staying properly hydrated increases your resting metabolic rate, helping you to burn more calories even when sedentary.
Maintaining High-Stress Levels
New parents are constantly stressed, worrying that they will mess something up. However, you should take at least 10-15 minutes per day to perform a stress-reducing activity. If you allow your body to stay in a state of stress for too long, then your cortisol levels will stay high, resulting in cravings and heightened blood sugar.
Handling Negative Body Image after Childbirth
If you are having difficulty accepting your post-partum body, you should know that you aren’t alone. A recent survey shows that roughly 63% of new mothers struggle to accept the changes to their bodies caused by pregnancy. For some women, this dissatisfaction with what they see in the mirror is minor. With time and targeted action they can make peace with their body’s new look. However, it affects some women more deeply. If you are six to nine months post-partum and still struggling with your body image, then it may be wise to seek professional counseling.
Once you’ve gotten back to a healthy weight that you’re happy with, you will probably still have extra skin and small pockets of fat that simply don’t want to go away. That is where the Mommy Makeover comes in. A Mommy Makeover is the name given to a host of surgeries used to rejuvenate a woman’s body after childbirth. Breast lifts, liposuction, and tummy tucks are common components that remove extra skin, small pockets of fat, and reverse the sagging effects that accompany pregnancy. Your board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gabbay has the expertise and the artistry to give you the results that can’t be achieved with exercise and diet alone.