Postpartum Weight Loss
It’s natural to gain weight during pregnancy although many women fret about it. This leads to a lot of
desperation and depression after giving birth as you try to shed off
the extra pregnancy weight.
However, it’s very important to be cautious when trying to lose baby weight. The body’s own natural processes
take care of the added weight and, although it takes time, you will get back to the shape you had before the
pregnancy, even though your body will generally feel different.
However, there are several things you can do to help the process of postpartum weight
loss without injuring your body in the process.
It’s important to remember that pregnancy is a very lovely and emotional time in every woman’s life. It’s a
process of bringing another human being into this world and you can expect several changes and, at some point
you’ll have to make huge sacrifices too. One of the things that can help you stay positive is to focus on the life
you’re about to bring, other than worrying about what you’ll look like after giving birth.
Here’s what will help you get back to normal size with less hassle:
Breastfeed – during pregnancy, your body adds between 200 and 500 calories daily to store
energy that is used during breastfeeding. This is one of the many reasons you add weight. When you start
breastfeeding, your body will use a lot of energy, so you can make the most of this natural way of burning
Exercise – exercising plays a vital role in your bid to lose postpartum weight. Besides losing
weight, exercise lowers postpartum depression, and it doesn’t have any negative effects on breastfeeding, unlike
going on a diet. Remember, you can’t rush back to exercising right after giving birth.
If you had a vaginal delivery, you should wait six weeks before you start and up to two months if you had
c-section. Walking and swimming are good low-impact exercises to start with. Don’t exceed 15 minutes when you’ve
just started but regardless of how long you’ve been exercising, stop as soon as you start feeling dizzy or gasping
Things like yoga can be done at home so if you took classes during pregnancy, just start practicing with some
Strengthen your pelvic floor – Kegel Crunches are great for tightening the birth canal – vagina
– for mothers who had vaginal delivery. The beauty with these crunches is that they can be done from anywhere.
Have a healthy diet – it is very important not to dieting with eating a healthy diet. A weight
loss diet will definitely work against you and your baby. What you need to do is to focus on healthy nutrition
because during breastfeeding, your baby’s nutritional needs are far more important than your desire to have a
Walk frequently – plan to do this six weeks after you give birth, and do it with your baby
because he needs stimulation. This is a very practical way to get more physical because you do not need any special
equipment – only a suitable pair of shoes and good weather. Walking for new mothers has become so popular that it
has been put on video.
On the whole, don’t feel pressured to lose the baby weight. Take your time and go slow with the physicals as you
breastfeed so that you and your new bundle of joy benefit simultaneously.