Congratulations on motherhood! Being a mother is such a beautiful and fulfilling experience.
But now it’s time to get your body back into sexy mode! You should plan to return to your pre-pregnancy weight by 6 to 12 months.
The majority of women lose half of their baby weight by 6 weeks after childbirth. The rest will come off over the next several months.
Take The Time To Heal Your Body
Your body needs time to recover after giving birth, if you lose weight too soon it can take you longer to recover.
Give yourself until your 6 week check up before slimming down.
If you are breastfeeding, wait until your baby is at least 2 months old and your milk supply has normalized before cutting your calories.
When you start dieting try to shoot for losing a pound and a half a week.
You can do this by eating healthy foods and adding in exercise once your health care provider clears you.
Mothers who are exclusively breastfeeding need about 500 more calories per day than they did before pregnancy.
Get your calories from healthy choices such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy, and lean protein.
Do not drop below the minimum of calories you need.
Eat This To Lose Weight
These healthy eating tips will help you lose weight at a safe pace.
- Do not skip any meals! Many new moms forget to eat, if you do not eat you will have less energy!
- Eat 5 to 6 small meals a day with healthy snacks in between, this is better than having 3 larger meals.
- Eat breakfast! Even if you do not normally eat in the mornings, get into the habit of having breakfast.
- Choose nonfat or low fat dairy products.
- If you are going to have a snack include foods with fiber and protein to help keep you full.
- Keep a water bottle in a place where you can see it while feeding your baby. It will remind you to drink water while they eat.
- Limit drinking sodas, juices and other fluids with added sugar and calories. They can add up and keep you from losing weight.
- Broil or bake your food instead of frying it.
- Limit sweets, sugars, saturated fats and trans fats.
Be Realistic About Your Diet Plan
You may not be able to get back to your exact pre pregnancy body.
Many women, pregnancy causes lasting changes in the body. You may have a softer belly, wider hips, and a larger waistline.
Do not go on any crash or fad diets, a lot of these diets limit certain types of foods and nutrients.
You might drop a few pounds quickly but those first few pounds are only liquid and will come back.
Other pounds you lose on a crash diet could be muscle instead of fat.
You will gain back any fat you lose on a crash diet once you begin eating normal again.
A healthy diet combined with regular exercise is the best way to shed the baby weight.
Exercising will help you lose weight in stead of muscle.
Once you are ready to start losing weight, eating less and moving more should be your goal.
Start your exercise routine slowly, like walking your baby in a stroller around the block.
After a month or two begin jogging and running!This concludes your beginners guide to postpartum weight loss!