Tips For Reaching a Healthier Weight
Breastfeeding and looking after your child uses a lot of energy. But healthy eating and doing exercise may make you less tired because it can raise your energy level and improve your sense of wellbeing. Combining the two not only improves your weight, but it can tone and strengthen your muscles and improve your pelvic floor.
Exercise after pregnancy and birth helps you return to your pre-pregnancy shape and gives you increased energy to cope with the demands of motherhood. Gentle exercise (such as walking) can generally be started as soon as you feel comfortable after giving birth. Some other easy tummy, pelvic and lower abdominal exercises you can do at home are described by the Better Health Channel postnatal exercise sample workout (external)
If you were overweight before pregnancy, you may need to take a more structured approach to healthy weight and physical activity to shift the extra kilos. Some healthy but easy to cook diets and in season recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, desserts and drinks are outlined on the Better Health Channel ‘Healthy Recipes’ (external)
Remember, there are many misconceptions regarding weight loss, these are well described under the Better Health Channel “Weight loss –common myths”. (external)
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For families of babies and
young children who reside or work in W.A.,
if you need further assistance contact the Ngala Helpline
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