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Weight loss following pregnancy and hanging up tent-sized maternity clothes is something all new mothers look forward to with anticipation. For most women, but for others, the baby fat is a bit more difficult to shed. Each woman is different, and there is no “one size fits all” formula for shedding the weight gained during pregnancy. However, a few weight loss guidelines will have the new Mom back feeling great and wearing her jeans once she gets her strength back.

How much weight did you gain during pregnancy?

The 25 pounds the average woman gains during pregnancy are spread out more or less like this:
-Baby-8 pounds
-Placenta-1.5 pounds
-Amniotic fluid-2 pounds
-Breasts-2 pounds
-Uterus-2.5 pounds
-Fat, blood volume, and water retention

If you were already a little overweight when you first became pregnant, remember that the numbers on your scale increased almost every time you stepped on it. Fasting or Weight-loss fasting diets following pregnancy are not a good idea.

A Latino tradition following pregnancy

One of the best Latino traditions right after childbirth is cuarentena or quarantine. The mother will spend forty days resting with the newborn after delivery and only worry about caring for the baby. The new mother doesn’t even consider weight loss issues during this time. Other family members will keep the house and watch over the other children. While this may not be practical for most new mothers of today, if you have relatives who live nearby, following some version of this tradition would be a good idea. You’ll feel like a new woman after those forty days of recuperation (or even twenty).

A nutritious diet is more important than weight loss for the first six weeks.

Pregnancy is a magical and mysterious time of life, and many women worry about how to achieve weight loss after they give birth. During the first six weeks of postpartum, a healthy diet is much more important than a weight-loss diet. Continue to eat a balance of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein, calcium, and iron. Whether or not you’re breastfeeding, your body is still recovering from the pregnancy and birth, and a nutritionally balanced diet will help you heal and feel better much faster.

Your care provider or doctor may recommend taking an iron supplement for the first six weeks postpartum while your body recovers. If you’re breastfeeding, eating a well-balanced diet’s even more important since you’re still sharing all the calories you’re consuming. If you count calories, a breastfeeding woman should consume the same amount as before pregnancy to maintain her weight plus about 500 calories. For many, this means about 2,500 to 2,700 calories a day, which will support milk production and allow for moderate weight loss of half a pound per week.

Continue to avoid fish that are high in methyl mercury in your weight loss plan. Other foods, such as sushi, raw milk products, and deli meats, are less risky these days, but you should still take reasonable precautions to avoid food-borne illnesses. Precautions include cooking meat and poultry all through, washing all cooking utensils thoroughly, washing all fruits and vegetables thoroughly, and only eating raw foods like sushi from a dependable source

Healthy weight loss

Other than feeling good and having more energy, there are many motivators for systematically striving for weight loss following pregnancy. If you carry extra pounds, you have an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. Losing weight will improve your health not only now but it can also influence your weight in future years to come. Studies have shown that women who breastfed beyond 12 weeks and participated in postpartum aerobic exercise had lower weight gain 15 years later. Excess pregnancy weight gain and failure to lose weight in an appreciable time are indicators of obesity in midlife. Weight loss following pregnancy involves three things: Nutrition, exercise and scores of patience. It’s generally difficult to lose weight without exercise being part of your weight loss program.

If you’re breastfeeding, a lot of the pregnancy weight will come off fairly quickly. But this isn’t a time to try to lose weight. Whether or not you’re breastfeeding, your body won’t recover as well or as quickly if you cut back drastically on your portions or calorie intake. If you ate a lot of sweets or treats during your pregnancy, you could start to cut back on those. But otherwise, there’s no need to add the extra pressure of dieting to an already stressful period of taking care of a newborn baby.

Cautions of exercise

The six-week postpartum visit is a simple check-in with your caregiver or doctor. You’ll be weighed, have your blood pressure taken, and be asked about any problems. You will probably be given the green light on the exercise.

Most caregivers recommend waiting until the six-week postpartum checkup before starting vigorous exercise, but that’s a somewhat arbitrary time frame based on the typical model of obstetric care. If your stitches seem to have healed, and if you want to be more active. Moderate exercise before the six-week postpartum visit shouldn’t be a problem.

Listen to your body. Don’t push yourself hard. Start out slowly, and if you find you’re tired or uncomfortable, take your activity level down a notch. There is no reason to rush the healing process. There will always be time to exercise and address weight loss.

If you suffer from obesity, your doctor will tell you what diet and exercise you should follow following childbirth for weight loss.

Eating for one

When you were pregnant, you may have eaten more than usual to support your baby’s growth and development. Proper nutrition is still important after the baby is born – especially if you’re breastfeeding – but your needs and goals are different now. Making wise choices can promote healthy weight loss after pregnancy. Focus on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Foods high in fiber – such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These foods provide many important nutrients while helping you feel full longer. Other nutrient-rich choices include low-fat dairy products, such as skim milk, yogurt, and low-fat cheeses. White meat poultry, most fish, beans, and lean cuts of beef and pork are good sources of protein, as well as zinc, iron, and B vitamins. These foods will help in your weight loss program.

  1. Avoid Temptation- Buy healthy foods at the grocery store and don’t keep junk food in the house.
  2. Eat smaller portions – Avoid starving yourself or skipping meals. Just cut back on the portions.
  3. Eat only when you are hungry – Distract yourself with an activity if you are constantly hungry.
  4. Drink water before meals.

Beginning exercise

It’s a good idea to start taking short, easy walks when it feels comfortable. If weather permits, simply load up the baby in the stroller and take brisk walks to the park, library, neighborhood coffee shop, or anywhere that makes the exercise walk enjoyable. If you have a reliable babysitter, joining a local gym would be an excellent idea.

The most important factors in weight loss after pregnancy will be patience and consistency, along with a sensible, healthy diet and an exercise plan. It generally takes about 6-12 months to achieve total weight loss following pregnancy

By White Crane

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