Throughout your pregnancy, your body goes through rapid physical and hormonal changes. It took you nine months to grow a child and weight gain is inevitable as your body grows to accommodate your baby.
If your post-baby tummy feels bloated and it is making you feel insecure, the best thing to do is stick to a healthy diet. This will not only help with your weight but also your mental health and lifestyle. Perhaps your belly is a little wobblier than it once was but it takes time and effort to get back to your pre-pregnancy shape and you may have to accept that it won't quite be the same again. But, you need to learn to celebrate your body, be kind to yourself and be proud of what you have achieved.
‘After birth, your uterus is 15 times bigger than pre-baby and takes six weeks to go back to normal,’ explains personal trainer James Duigan. ‘Your pelvic floor muscles are weaker – these act as a natural corset holding your stomach-flattening abdominal muscles.’ But you can take action to speed recovery.
New mums are super busy and often need energy quickly, especially if breastfeeding. This means, 'Their diet tends to be heavy in sugar and carbs,’ says James. ‘But ditch them and eat these de-bloating foods instead.’
11 foods to reduce tummy bloating:
MEET THE EXPERT: James Duigan, personal trainer and author of Clean & Lean Flat Tummy Fast.
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