Hello everyone and welcome to this new blog on how to lose your belly after childbirth. Please take your time to read the entire blog for better understanding. In this blog, we will explain the causes of weight gain and also the 8 tips we recommend to lose weight in better conditions. Why the belly remains big after childbirth? After several months of pregnancy, the skin has adapted and stretched to allow the development of the uterus. At delivery, once the baby is born, the uterus is still about twenty centimeters and weighs a minimum of 1.5 kg. It still takes up a lot of space – and will only return to its usual size of 5 to 8 cm a fortnight later, for a vaginal birth, and up to a month after a cesarean section. During a pregnancy, women’s bodies are put to the test. The belly undergoes significant changes: the uterus changes shape and position and as it grows, the belly grows with it. The skin obviously follows the movement and at the end of pregnancy, it becomes extremely tense. After childbirth, the belly does not regain its initial appearance. It takes time for the uterus to return to its original size, but also time to regain muscle. After childbirth, in postpartum, the belly is flaccid and this is completely normal. Fortunately, there are many solutions to find your flat belly. Why stretch marks appear after giving birth Stretch marks are quite common skin lesions that look like slight scars. They occur when a part of the body undergoes a rapid increase in volume and the skin does not have time to develop at the same time. Many of you are afraid of stretch marks after childbirth. This is why we recommend that pregnant women start hydration treatments for the belly from the 4th month of pregnancy, as soon as the belly starts to pull and round out. The more the skin is hydrated and nourished, the less likely it is to crack. However, sometimes Stretch marks appear. Hydration is key to keeping your skin from pulling and then cracking. It’s not foolproof, but it’s a big help. What about Linea nigra which appears in some women? The brown line appears between the pubis and the sternum in some pregnant women and especially in women with dark skin. Its brown color is due to melanin, a pigment that determines the color of skin, hair and eyes. This phenomenon is completely natural, it is caused by the production of the Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone in the placenta. Think about protecting your skin from the sun. This prevents the line from darkening too much and taking longer to fade. Adapt your diet to favor foods rich in vitamin B9 such as green vegetables and foods rich in vitamins A, C and E to promote water regeneration. Hydrate your skin and body with a natural oil or cream without rubbing too hard or exfoliating. Often considered unsightly, the linea nigra fades gradually after childbirth, usually within 2 to 3 months and disappears completely in the majority of cases. How to get a flat belly after a cesarean section? Abdominal fat loss depends on each woman’s metabolism, age, lifestyle, and eating habits. It takes several weeks to several months to regain a flat stomach and lose weight. In the case of a caesarean section, the scar must obviously be taken into account, it is not possible to do abdominal exercises when leaving the maternity ward. It is essential to wait until the healing process is complete and the pain has disappeared before considering redoing exercises to strengthen the abdominal belt. First step, the rehabilitation of the perineum, essential even after a cesarean section. Once this is complete, you can move on to abdominal rehabilitation, usually 8 to 12 weeks after delivery. But it’s okay if you don’t start doing abdominal exercises again until 6 or 9 months after the baby is born, tiredness and lack of tone can contribute to this delay. If your muscles are used to being stressed, they will retract more quickly to regain their initial shape. Besides abdominal exercises, there are other tips to help you regain a flat stomach after childbirth, including breathing exercises and a diet rich in steamed vegetables.

We have listed 8 tips to follow to allow you to find a flat stomach;

1.Don’t neglect your sleep It seems obvious and yet: it is essential to sleep well. Lack of sleep not only affects weight loss, but also fatigue, which has a negative effect on our lifestyle. Try to sleep with your newborn. Give yourself naps and you will be less tempted to snack.

2.Breastfeed your baby We often hear it, breastfeeding makes you lose weight. It’s not so much that, it’s mainly that breastfeeding requires a significant caloric expenditure (about 500 calories per day) and increases lochia, these contractions of the uterus so that it resumes its initial shape. According to study results published in a Cochrane Library review, mothers who exclusively breastfed for 6 months experience significantly greater weight loss than those who partially breastfed or did not breastfeed. Lactation leads to an increased demand for nutrients and energy and the reserves made during pregnancy are mobilized to partially meet this demand. The famous pregnancy curves, made up of fat stored during the 9 months of pregnancy, contribute to the production of breast milk and are used for your baby.

3.Do a smart detox I am not talking about the detox which consists of not eating. It is essential to maintain a sufficient and balanced diet. Detoxification involves eliminating foods high in toxins from your diet and replacing them with fresh vegetables and fruits that are higher in fiber and nutrients. This simple and gentle detox improves digestion and promotes the elimination of toxins, without risk of deficiency.

4.Drink enough water Drink about 1.5 liters of water a day. During pregnancy, water hydrates your skin and reduces the risk of stretch marks. After childbirth, it helps maintain good skin hydration. Water keeps body hydrated, refreshed and helps to maintain your skin’s elasticity. People who drink large amounts of water are less likely to suffer from scars, fine lines and wrinkles and they won’t show as many signs of aging as those who drink small amounts of water. The water has a diuretic effect which helps eliminate toxins from the body. Over the weeks, this will help deflate your belly.

5.Take the right vitamins Vitamins A, B5, B6 and B8 have a role in cell renewal of the skin and also in its general tone. They are found in eggs, poultry, oilseeds and whole dairy products. Vitamin C, in addition to fighting fatigue, it participates in the production of collagen which maintains the firmness of the skin. Vitamin E also plays a protective role for skin cells. It is also a very good antioxidant. By acting as an antioxidant, it improves blood circulation and oxygenation. Thus, it is effective in draining fatty tissue and cellulite. It is the guarantee of smooth and well-toned skin, as well as a well-sculpted and refined body. Consume hazelnuts, almonds, fatty fish and vegetable oils for more vitamin E.

6.Diastasis after childbirth and abdominoplasty to find a flat belly During pregnancy, the rectus abdominis muscles move apart and form what is called diastasis. One of the objectives of abdominal rehabilitation will precisely be to bring these muscles together. But sometimes that is not enough, so you have to go through the surgery box by performing the abdominoplasty. The challenge of this surgical procedure is to correct the diastasis by removing excess skin and fatty tissue before tightening the skin. It is a heavy and far from trivial operation which is normally reserved for the most serious cases of diastasis.

7.Exercising is also important after childbirth To regain a flat stomach, it is possible to return to sport gently, without rushing the body. Optimal physical fitness obviously requires regular exercises adapted to the capacities of each woman. Exercise gently to lose fat, not muscle. Start with a walk, then move on to yoga or swimming. Prioritize low impact activities. If you are not very athletic, you can opt for the abdominal belt which burns fat by stimulating perspiration in the abdominal strap. The abdominal belt helps to tone the abdominal strap, improve posture and reduce frequent back pain after pregnancy.

8.Bandage the postpartum belly The bandaging of the belly or the firming of the pelvis is a very widespread practice, and has been for centuries, in many countries of Africa, Asia or South America. It is very useful to help the organs and the pelvis to get back in place, the dressing of the pelvis is also very effective to find a flat stomach after childbirth, even if it took place by cesarean section. The belly bandage warms the mother’s belly to compensate for the loss of belly musculature, it helps to bring the muscles and organs back into place more quickly. The bandage releases heat to speed up the sweating process. This phenomenon facilitates water loss and helps eliminate toxins, which escape in sweat. How to get your hair back after giving birth? A few months after childbirth, mothers are frequently confronted with severe hair loss. This is due to variations in hormone levels and more particularly estrogen hormones which are produced in large quantities in the body during pregnancy. After pregnancy, estrogen levels drop suddenly, causing significant but normally temporary hair loss. This is referred to as postpartum alopecia. Rest assured, this alopecia is temporary. Nevertheless, other factors such as stress and fatigue can accentuate it, but be careful, sometimes this postpartum alopecia persists over the long term, which in the most extreme cases can cause a significant loss of density. Get plenty of rest and eat enough fruits and vegetables to get the right vitamin intake and try to wash and brush your hair gently.

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