Losing Weight after Pregnancy
Although having a baby is a wonderful experience for any woman, almost all women would like to regain their pre-pregnancy shape as soon as possible. Celebrity mums with the help of dietitians, nurses and fitness experts, in average will get back to their original shape faster than the average women. But they are not a good example upon which to base your own postpartum weight loss goals. Don’t be too impatient, trying to lose weight too fast can rebound on you. You should “Go Easy” and take these few steps to lose your weight after giving birth to your baby.
Give Your Body Time to Recover
It took your body months to prepare to give birth, and it takes time to recover. So, don’t be in too much of a hurry to cut calories, give some time for your body to recover, It takes up to 6 months after pregnancy for your body to return to normal. Now you have a new baby to take care of. It will require all your energy, especially as you get to grips with “night-feeds”. So rather than focusing on your weight loss for the first 3 months, it’s better for you to focus on eating healthy food with enough calories and nutrients to give you the energy to cope in taking care of your new baby.
Exercise When You Feel Up to It
While give time for your body to recover, it does not mean that you should do anything at all or ignore totally of your body weight. You can start gentle exercise almost immediately after returning home. But avoid any type of vigorous or sustained exercise until after your first post-pregnancy check-up. There are a lot of post-pregnancy exercise available in the internet, get some guide from there or consult an expert on what types of exercises are suitable for you.
Do you know that breast feeding is a good way of burning your body’s calories? Generally, a new mum who breastfeeds her new born child produces an average output of 850ml of breast milk each day. To generate this amount of breast milk, mum needs to consume approximately 500 extra calories per day during lactation.
Get Start Your Weight Reduction Program after 2-3 Months
Normally after 2 to 3 months, your strength is returning and your period will get back to normal. At this time, you can start following a healthy, weight loss diet, and taking more vigorous exercise. Don’t aim for fast weight loss, about 500g – 1 kg per week for optimum health, and be guided by your doctor. And you should continue to focus on eating nutritious foods to keep up your strength & energy.
How long to take to regain your shape?
Most doctors and pregnancy weight control experts will give you the same answer: It depends on how much weight you gained while pregnancy. In average, a mum will gain 11-15 kgs during pregnancy and will lose at least half of this weight she has gained during birth. If you start your weight reduction after 2 months of recovery period, and your lose 500g per week, it will takes 12 to 20 weeks to lose the extra weight. This means that you should regain your pre-pregnancy weight within 6 to 8 months after the birth. Although keep in mind everyone is different and some find it easier than others, so don’t be hard on yourself if it isn’t quite going to plan.
Every woman wants to regain their weight and body shape as soon as possible after giving birth to their baby. But, trying to lose weight too fast can rebound on you; hence, you should take it easily and patiently give some time allowance for your body to recover and start your weight loss program after the recovery period and be guided by expert or doctor.