Like it or not, motherhood is associated with weight gain, eye bags and crazy hair, with weight gain being the most devastating (duh!). It’s no wonder many new mums stress over losing kilos and fitting into their pre-pregnancy clothes – myself included – landing themselves in the sea of postnatal despair.
Surprisingly, I had little time to think about weight loss after my baby was born. Sure, I aspired to one day fit into my size S yoga attire again, but my mind was consumed by more pressing worries: Would I have enough breast milk? What’s the best way to burp my baby? Is she getting enough sleep?
Whenever I had time to check out the mirror, I’d eye my bulging belly and thighs critically, wondering if I’d have to live with those extra flab forever. On bad days, I’d hatch plans to join HIIT workouts or a Bikram yoga marathon – which I didn’t act upon, due to sheer exhaustion from taking care of baby.
As it turned out, I needn’t have worried. By week 10, I’d shed the 14 kilos I put on during my pregnancy – no restricted diet or gym sessions involved. Granted, several kilos were due to baby, placenta, fluids and lochia (pregnancy blood and tissue). And the rest? I surmise it was because I was mindful of my diet, sleep and level of physical activity.
So here, my five rules on losing baby weight naturally.