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 calories.
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 for breath.
Things like yoga can be done at home so if you took classes during pregnancy, just start practicing with some relaxing music.
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 slender shape.
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.