The challenges a woman faces during the gestation period and the experience of childbirth are, without a doubt, incomparable to any other life's experience. Yet, it doesn't stop there, for soon after giving birth, a new challenge arises.
Getting back into shape post-pregnancy takes effort, and when you factor in the hormonal changes involved after giving birth, the task may seem to be overwhelming. But don't give up. Apart from signing up for post-natal exercise classes, below are other effective things that you can do.
Provided your doctor has cleared you to do so, walking is a good start. Start slow and use support if you have to. It's a form of low impact exercise but beneficial nonetheless. Once you're regained more strength, try to cover more distance but do not overexert your body by pushing yourself too hard.
Pelvic tilts and kegel exercises are suitable for core strengthening. You can even add some basic crunches into the mix. A strong core is a solid foundation for not only weight loss but also better all round well-being. Just remember to get your doctor's approval before starting on them.
Yoga is also ideal for core strength, and it teaches the mind to focus. There are many post-natal yoga classes that you can sign up for.
Other forms of low impact exercises include swimming and water aerobics. Both of these are great for losing weight, getting into shape and fitness. Additionally, and for swimming in particular, you can do it at your own pace. Water aerobics done in a small group session is not only beneficial but can be fun as well. So do consider them and give them a go when it's convenient.
Did you know that you must combine regular exercise and a healthy calorie-controlled diet to successfully lose fat? Unfortunately, you cannot lose weight healthily if you just do one or the other. A study published in Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center shows that "you get the biggest bang for your buck by combining a healthy weight-loss diet -- which in this case meant reducing calories by cutting fat intake and boosting the consumption of low-calorie foods -- with regular, moderate-intensity aerobic exercise."
Other successful weight loss strategies the study reported include preparing meals at home and eating less often at restaurants.
Losing weight seems relatively straightforward, easily doable on your own, but there are instances where it's not. How much fat we store or lose is dependent on our genetic make-up. Hence, for example, the appearance of fat around the thighs and certain other parts despite having a slender or slim waistline. These stubborn pockets of fat are not easily eliminated with just diet and exercise alone.
VASER Lipo is a less-invasive form of liposuction that shapes and sculpts the body. Developed by Dr. Alfredo Hoyos from Columbia, it uses ultrasound technology and can effectively remove stubborn fat.
This procedure was first introduced locally (Singapore) in 2008, and one of the aesthetic medical doctors involved in its introduction is Dr. Ivan Puah, Medical Director of Amaris B. Clinic. Dr. Puah has more than 10 years of experience with VASER Lipo.
Being minimally invasive, VASER Lipo can be performed under local anaesthesia. In addition, it can specifically target areas where stubborn fat resides and is considered an improvement from other non-invasive procedures such as Fat Freezing.
VASER Lipo is suitable for many areas where stubborn fat can be an issue, such as the thighs, abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks, and others such as the jowls, chins, arms, back, and enlarged male breasts and even knees, calves and ankles. Aside from eliminating fat, it also sculpts, creating more muscle definition, and stimulates collagen production for skin tightening.
As VASER Lipo can target problem areas, surrounding tissues are left undisturbed. This results in minimal discomfort or pain and downtime when compared to traditional liposuction. During the procedure, stubborn fat is permanently removed, which is another appealing factor and results can be maintained with a diet balanced and healthy lifestyle.
Technological advancement in medical aesthetics sciences has enabled many to achieve their appearance aspirations in a shorter time frame and with lesser risks. Results have also improved dramatically, but ultimately, its efficacy also depends on a doctor's ability and expertise. It is always advisable to see a qualified doctor when intending to undergo procedures like VASER Lipo.
Extensive experience, knowledge, and a strong aesthetic sense are just some qualities that a doctor should possess to truly help a patient realise their dream of a sculpted physique. As Dr. Ivan Puah puts it, "Body sculpting is 30% science and 70% art." Equipped with 15 years of liposuction, gynecomastia surgery body contouring and correction work experience, he has developed the MDC-Lipo® Sculpt approach. In essence, this approach has been helping his patients lose fat, achieve a sculpted appearance according to their needs.
For those with post-pregnancy body issues, this is indeed welcomed news and another challenge soon to be overcome.