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After having a baby, you may be feeling rather proud of your achievement, and so you should, as bringing a new life into the world is no easy feat. However, you may feel some level of grief regarding your pre-pregnancy body, especially if your stomach is still larger than before, or covered in stretch marks. While it can be easy for people to tell you to love and respect your body for what it has done, it isn’t always that simple. To regain your confidence, you may want to find ways to lose, or at least reduce your baby belly.
When you want to get rid of fat around your stomach, there may be cosmetic procedures such as liposuction that can aid you. In particular, this could be useful if you have already been trying to shift that bit of belly, or even pouch, that has been created from growing a child inside of you. However, fat removal through surgery could be quite pricey, so you may need to check that it is within your budget before moving forward. You might also need to consider any recovery time required, and how this could impede upon you looking after your new infant, as well as any other children you have.
Having a new baby in the house can be incredibly tiring, which could see you reaching for snacks, unhealthy treats, or even convenience food. This could especially be the case if you also want a bit of a pick-me-up throughout the day. However, these may not be doing your body any good. When breastfeeding, it is important that you get the correct vitamins, which requires a healthy diet. Likewise, shifting your baby belly may also mean a change to your diet, so that you aren’t taking in unhealthy fats or more calories than you realistically require. Snacks and alcoholic drinks may also contribute towards a belly refusing to shift.
A number of different post-pregnancy exercises can help towards toning up your stomach, as well as improve the strength of your pelvic floor. When exercising after giving birth, you may want to speak to your doctor beforehand, to check that it is safe for you to be engaging with the movements. To begin with, you may want to keep this fairly light, adding in more strenuous workouts once your body has had a bit of time to recover from the toil. It can be difficult to get into a workout pattern, especially if you are feeling tired, but this can help to improve both your physical and mental wellbeing.
Many women may find themselves disliking aspects of their body after having a baby. While this can be normal, there are things that you can do to try and rectify your appearance. Outside of this, any abnormal negative thoughts might be a sign of postnatal depression, so should be discussed with your medical provider to gain access to any support available.