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The depression after a pregnancy, they say can make you lose weight. But not that much. Losing weight after pregnancy is so hard to do! It’s sad to be limited by the number of activities that you can actually do while recovering. It’s the first week after my miscarriage (which is sort of equivalent to normal delivery) and I am limited to sitting and not doing any form of physical activity yet.
I know that within the three months that I have been pregnant, I gained a few pounds, probably because I wasn’t attacked by morning sickness and the like. I never imagined that the feeling of helplessness and disgust for yourself would really be evident!
So what are some things that we can do while recuperating and gaining back that ‘hot’ body you once had before pregnancy:
1. No fast food and avoid fried food!
This is so hard to do. Personally, when I search the web for delivery services, I have to doubly stop myself from ordering from fast food stores (and my old self wasn’t even a fan of burgers and fries!). I understand the feeling that whenever you get to see that crispy, crunchy and juicy fried chicken, you want to munch it down, but STOP yourself!
2. Drink lots and lots of water
I recommend that you bring one pitcher of water inside your room and try to finish one pitcher in the morning and one pitcher in the evening. Water will make you full plus it has zero calories.
3. Walk a little
Hey, when they say no physical activity, it doesn’t mean that you cannot walk to the other room. Try to get up from your bed a couple of times during the day and walk around the house for at least 5 minutes. This will help circulate the blood in your body.
4. Eat lots of fiber enriched food or just take psyllium
Would you believe that I take 5 capsules of C-lium fiber before every meal! I am that constipated (it’s genetics). For those not as constipated as I am, just try to take in more fruits and vegetables. This is a great way to cleanse your system.
5. And lastly, Relax and Laugh a little (a LOT actually)!
Have a 30 rock marathon or download comedies just to get your mind off your situation. I started with self pity, sadness and depression, but then I am slowly coming to realize that what I had, what we had, was a gift. If. like me, you have no baby to look at in your arms right now, all I can say is that there is a reason for everything. And for those new moms, smile because that little person in your arms is a wonderful gift. You have been strong enough to endure the pain and isn’t that peaceful little face worth all of it! 🙂