Lose Weight But Slowly
Life isn’t that simple after pregnancy, when your body is still recovering and your hands full, taking care of the baby, adjusting to the new arrival, your own needs often take a back seat. New mothers often find it hard to lose weight after pregnancy. Though the experience of having a baby, enduring the pain and feeling the baby grow during the nine months of pregnancy is wonderful for the mother, however, at the same time it also leads to the putting on of those extra kilos. It’s frustrating to realize that you have grown out of your favorite jeans and that you no longer fit into that old top. It’s quite obvious that you would want to regain your pre-pregnancy shape. However! Being impatient will not help, you need to lose weight but slowly, pushing too hard can rebound on you .Therefore,” Take it Easy!” and lose weight, but slowly.
Do Not Think Of Losing Weight Instantly Like Celebrity Moms
Of course! You cannot compare yourself with those celebrity moms, who get into shape immediately after giving birth, and you cannot ignore the fact that they are always surrounded by fitness experts, dietitians and nurses who take care of them. Most importantly, it’s also due to their commercial commitments, therefore weight loss for them is done much faster as compared to others. Thus, one should not follow their example as a model for losing weight after pregnancy.
Recover Your Body by Giving It Time and Focus on Eating Healthy
For the first three months after pregnancy, you should focus on eating healthy and nutritious food and concentrate on recovering your body’s energy rather than thinking of weight loss. It requires all your energy to take care of the newborn, often getting up at night for feeds. The entire process of pregnancy and the physical trauma of giving birth leave your body exhausted and stressed. It takes up to 6 months after pregnancy for your body to return to its normal shape. Therefore, it is important that even if you are not breast-feeding your baby, you need not worry about losing weight during this period.
Don’t Force Yourself, Exercise When You Can
Pushing yourself too hard and exercising too much, too soon after pregnancy, would only affect your health; however, this does not imply that you should lead a sedentary lifestyle. What is more important is to take small steps, meaning that you can start with gentle exercise, once you return home. Always consult your Doctor before starting any vigorous exercise, rather they should be best avoided till your first post-pregnancy checkup is okayed by your doctor. This includes your diet chart as well. Your doctor will be able to inform you about the various benefits of exercising and doing it slowly, and chalk out a systematic plan for you. You can continue to breastfeed your baby once you start exercising.
Feeding Your Baby
A nursing mother on an average produces 850ml of breast milk each day, for which she requires a nutritious diet. Therefore, make sure you follow your doctor’s advice about nutrition, as it is very important after pregnancy to eat healthy food.
When to Start Weight Reduction?
You can start on a healthy, fat-free diet along with vigorous exercise only after 2-3 months after pregnancy, once your period has returned to normal and you no longer feel weak. However, aiming for fast weight loss is not the solution, just aim at losing 1 pound per week, eat nutritious food and consult your doctor.
Regaining Your Shape
Regaining your shape after pregnancy would depend on how much weight you gained during pregnancy. Although the average weight gain is around 25-35 pounds, mothers generally lose 12-14 pounds during birth, thus leaving a remainder of about 12-21 pounds of weight to be taken care of. Even after 3 months of recovery after pregnancy, one can easily shed these extra pounds within 6-8 months. However, if you gained more than 35 pounds all you need to do is to give an extra month of diet control and exercising for each additional 6 pounds gained. If you gained 47 pounds, you will take approximately 10 months to lose weight and return to your original weight. However, these are just examples to help you in having a more simple and scientific approach towards weight loss. Thus, it is not difficult to reduce weight after pregnancy; all you need is little patience and a set routine of exercising and eating a healthy diet.