Having a baby is the best thing you can do in life (well I think so anyway!) but our bodies do take a bit of a battering throughout the pregnancy and we have lots of internal changes happening as well as the external ones.
But externally, the hardest hit can be the stomach area which is absolutely understandable when you consider how much the tummy has to stretch and grow to make room for your little bundle of joy.
But to enable it to stretch there must be more stomach fat there to help your growing baby so as well as all over weight gain the tummy does gain quite a few inches and after we have our babies it is one of the hardest areas to shift.
But comfort yourself with every time you look down to your belly and see the excess fat that that belly brought your little bub into the world so don’t be down about it.
But let’s look a bit more at the stomach fat so we can understand how deal with it when we are trying to lose stomach fat and follow a weight loss campaign
There are two types of fat which are found around your midsection: subcutaneous and visceral. Subcutaneous fat (this means “under the skin”) is the fat you can see and grab, while visceral fat lies further inside your body and surrounds the vital organs in the stomach area. Too much visceral fat is what forces the stomach outwards and is what leads to a sticky outy tummy. To see more information about the two types of stomach fat click here.
Although most of us are very self-conscious about the (subcutaneous) fat they can see, research shows that the visceral fat – in people of any size – could pose the bigger threat to our health.
There is no one answer but a combination of factors – including of course pregnancy
Don’t think that spending hours doing sit-ups, crunches and other abdominal exercises will melt away the fat. Doing lots of stomach exercises are excellent for strengthening the abdominal muscles and lower back, but they have won’t have any effect on the excess fat stored in the stomach area. If you are wanting to strengthen your core the see our top exercises here to follow.
The best exercise to do to lose stomach fat is cardio exercise and is the only way to break down fat, which includes the stomach fat area. Set yourself a target to do 30 to 60 minutes of ‘moderate-intensity’ aerobic exercise such as brisk walking, jogging, skipping, Wii fit, swimming or cycling on most days of the week.
To see how you can follow a diet & exercise regime that will help you to lose the fat and show you the best exercises to do then see our 28 Day Breastfeeding Friendly Diet & Exercise Plan here
Please always consult with your Doctor before beginning any new exercise regime