Weight Loss After Pregnancy

Weight gain in pregnancy is healthy and natural, but many women crave to return to their pre-pregnancy bodies. But you need to exercise caution when losing your baby weight. Just as it's best to put on weight slowly and steadily during your pregnancy, you need to be slow and steady in losing weight after your pregnancy. Here are some tips for getting back into shape.

One good way to lose some of your pregnancy weight is to breastfeed! Always pair breastfeeding with other forms of post partum weight loss. One of the reasons your body puts on weight during pregnancy is to help store the caloric energy it takes to breastfeed your baby-about 200 to 500 extra calories per day. Therefore take advantage of losing calories the way your body naturally intended-breastfeeding!

Get Your Pre-Pregnancy Body Back

There are many benefits to exercising after your pregnancy. It will help you lose those extra pounds put on during pregnancy, alleviate post-partum depression and, unlike dieting, it won't interfere with your breastfeeding.

It's important that you ease your way into exercising again. Wait six weeks after a vaginal birth and eight weeks after a c-section to start exercising. It is recommended that you engage in low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming or yoga. Come up with a personal exercise program - something you can stick to -and enroll the company of a friend or new mother.

Start slow: 10-minute exercises should be tried first and then increased when you feel more confident. Keep a 30-minute limit on your exercise time and cease immediately if you start to feel dizzy or short of breath.

Work Out at Home
There are many exercise routines perfect for the post birth period that can be performed at home. Yoga exercises are perfect for in-home working out. If you took yoga classes before or during your pregnancy, put on some relaxing music and practice those exercises.

Pelvic Floor Strengtheners
Another important area to target is the vagina: it needs to tighten up after that baby has passed through. A good way to do this is with Kegel Crunches, as you can practise these virtually anywhere. Simply tighten the muscles of the vagina as if trying to interrupt the flow of pee and count to five. This will increase circulation to the pelvis while tightening the muscles.

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10 years ago
Ensure that you eat nutritious food during the first three months without thinking too much about losing weight. In normal course of life, you need six to eight months to return to your weight and shape you had before pregnancy. Of course, it all depends on how much weight you gained during your pregnancy. - Trying to achieve fast weight loss too soon after pregnancy could lead to serious trouble.
11 years ago
Thanks for the info. I have had four kids and I just wanted to add my own thought or two. I don\'t know if some have experienced success with the creams and lotions and pills, but I didn\'t. The only thing that worked for me was sensible eating plan and simpel and short but consistent daily exercise. And oh yeah, having an exercise plan customized for pregnant women or women who recently gave birth did help a lot. Lorraine
11 years ago
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12 years ago
joeys mom
i gained way too much weight during pregnancy even though everyone warned me not too. now i don't know what to do. it is so hard to take off this weight and with the new baby i have no energy to exercise. i am doing what i can to follow all of the postpartum exercises but it is so hard to stay motivated and energized to exercise even though i am so unhappy with my weight now. i just wish i had been more careful about what i ate while pregnant. to all of you newly pregnant women listen up: you are not eating for two! be careful about gaining too much weight during pregnancy. you'll regret it later!
13 years ago