When you hold that newborn baby in your arms, the last thing you are thinking of is your weight, but for most women, it only takes until they get up and get dressed to go home before they start thinking about it. Weight loss after pregnancy is a little bit more tricky than traditional weight loss. Your body has just gone through a huge trauma carrying a baby for nine months and then giving birth.
One thing that many women notice is that after they give birth, they still look a few months pregnant. This is completely normal. The uterus doesnt contract back to its normal size for around 4 weeks. Women can lose anywhere from 5 to 20 pounds just from the body dealing with that liquid. It also takes some time for the pelvis and hips to shift back to how they were before giving birth.
So how do you lose all of that baby weight? If you are breastfeeding you are already at an advantage for burning calories. A woman burns around 500 calories a day just from breastfeeding! It is important to make sure you are eating enough though. By cutting calories you could actually cause yourself to produce less milk leaving your child hungry.
The key to weight loss after pregnancy isnt as much cutting calories as returning to a normal pre-pregnancy diet and exercising. Be sure to ease into exercise. Your body will still be sore and recovering. Along with this you also have a new child that will demand your attention. Dont fret though, you can still get the exercise you need!
Try doing short workouts when the baby is sleeping or otherwise occupied. Jog around the house or go up and down the stairs a few times. Turn on some music and dance around. The key is to take some time and move around whenever possible. If your child is okay with a stroller, you can go on walks. Walks can be a great way to get some exercise and have a chance to relax and get some fresh air!
Start out with low impact workouts a few times a week. Increase how often you work out and how hard you work as your body gets used to it again. One area many women worry about after pregnancy is their abs. Obviously the stomach will not look like it used to after pregnancy. Some great basic exercises to help this include pelvic tilts, ball crunches, and back extensions.
As always, when starting a new work out routine, speak with your doctor to make sure your body can handle it. This is especially important for any ab strengthening workouts after pregnancy since it can be quite easy to hurt yourself.
The one thing you dont want to do for weight loss after pregnancy is give up! It is possible to lose all of that baby weight and get back in shape! It will take some time and hard work, but you can get your body back!