Losing Weight After Giving Birth
Having a baby is every mother’s joy. But there’s no doubt that the joy comes with immense changes, both emotional and physical.
For new mothers, those changes can be very surprising. You will start to wonder if your belly will ever be the same as it were, or how long it would take for your body to shrink back and lose the baby weight, and whether you will ever be the same again.
You may get a wrong impression when you look at some celebrity mothers out there, and think that you should come out of hospital looking as you did before the pregnancy.
The reality is a bit harsh though. Pregnancy affects every part of your body, and it may take a full year for your body to recover, despite what’s happening in the celebrity world.
After giving birth, new mothers notice that they still look pregnant, and this can be the case for several months. The fact is it takes some time for your body to rid itself of all the excess fluid accumulated during pregnancy.
It’s a slow process; it takes about a full month for the uterus to shrink to its normal size, while it may take more time for other parts, like the hips and pelvic area, to contact to ‘normal’ size.
Here are a few things to take importantly in order to help you regain your shape after pregnancy:
• It’s tempting to hop on to a weight loss program but it’s more beneficial to ease into light physical activity to prevent injury. You might even need your doctor’s clearance to start any kind of exercise and, it could even take up to 8 weeks for you to be able to do any serious exercise.
• Ensure that you breast feed. Breast feeding means that you’ll expend about 500 extra calories a day, protecting you from accumulating more weight. However, you need to nourish your body appropriately so that it gets the fuel for the increased energy demand.
This isn’t a good time to go on a diet; if you restrict your calorie intake and lose a lot of weight too fast, your body produces toxins that can end up in breast milk.
How to make your exercise manageable:
• Exercising is not easy but it gets even harder after giving birth due to the sheer number of obstacles – such as fatigue, ever changing schedule, mood swings, and time constraints, among others. You can make a few tweaks to make exercising easier:
• Breakup your exercises into short workouts spread out during the day, instead of long, continuous sessions.
• Keep it as simple as can be. Squeeze a few minutes between your baby’s sleep to do a few stretches, or a couple of trips up and down the stairs.
• Get creative ideas from people who’ve been there. You’ll be surprised how much friends, family, or acquaintances can help.
• Concentrate only on the important things. Many new mothers get stressed out trying to lose weight. The fact is things will eventually get back to normal, so allow yourself to bask in the joy of motherhood and enjoy your body.
Losing weight after pregnancy might not be a difficult task when you put in some effort and stay disciplined.