Congratulations! Your little bundle of joy is finally here and now that you’ve conquered every aspect of new motherhood like an all-star, you’re ready to tackle the challenge of fitting back into your favorite pair of jeans, sans muffin-top! You’re Beyonce! You’re Kate Middleton! You’re… asleep in a puddle of your own drool because the baby has finally dozed off for all of five minutes.
In reality, adjusting to life with a newborn can be hard on moms, and even harder on our bodies. Your baby wakes up to the slightest creak of a floorboard, breastfeeding makes you ravenously hungry, and you could fall asleep at the drop of a hat if everyone would just leave you alone for a half a second. Which they won’t. But this doesn’t mean that you have to resign yourself to a life of sluggish energy, constant snacking, and a bulging midsection that you hardly recognize. You may be a new version of yourself as a parent, but you’re still you, and you deserve to feel every bit as healthy and sexy as you did before giving birth.
So what if we can’t all snap back to our “before” bodies like a celebrity with a team of trainers and nutritionists? It may take a little extra time and patience, but by following some simple rules, eating a well-balanced diet of whole foods, and finding manageable ways to get physical, you can be back to feeling and looking your best before your little sweet pea takes their first steps. Start by incorporating these 25 ways to lose postpartum belly fat into your routine and you'll be feeling like a million bucks in no time. And if you're expecting, make sure to add The 42 Best Foods for a Healthy Pregnancy into your routine!