Eating a variety of healthy food is important to help you keep your energy and lose extra weight you gained during your pregnancy. Eat healthy foods so you have more energy, make good breast milk, and lose extra baby pounds.
Eat a variety of foods to help you get all the nutrients you need. Your body needs protein, carbohydrate, and fats for energy.
Eat a diet high in fiber. Include foods such as whole-grain breads and cereals, raw vegetables, raw and dried fruits, and beans.
Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
Eat small snacks throughout the day to keep up your energy. Don't skip meals or go for long periods without eating.
If you breast-feed, avoid alcohol and drugs. Stay smoke-free. If you quit during pregnancy, congratulations.
For more information on eating well, see the topic Healthy Eating.
Exercise helps you feel good and helps your body get back to its prepregnancy shape. In general, you can start exercising 4 to 6 weeks after delivery. But check with your doctor before you start exercising, especially if you had a cesarean birth (C-section).
Start daily exercise after 4 to 6 weeks, but rest when you feel tired.
Try to exercise regularly. Get outside, take walks, or keep your blood moving with your favorite workout.
Learn exercises to tone your belly.
Do Kegel exercises to regain strength in your pelvic muscles. You can do these exercises while you stand or sit.