Every woman wants to come back to her original shape as soon
as possible after the childbirth.
One of the unavoidable facts is that they are not allowed to follow any weight
loss program or diet immediately after the child birth. This becomes all the
more important when the woman is breastfeeding
Rest and proper nutritious diet is recommended for few days
after the child birth. Once your doctor suggests you to follow an exercise
regimen, you can easily follow it. Along with diet there are other factors also
that affect your weight loss. Your hormones change during this time and you
experience mood swings also most often.
But, you should not worry about all these things. These go
off after sometime and if you have a well nutritious diet and follow the right
exercise regimen, you will come back in your shape very soon. Just have
patience and work on the program regularly.
Even if you are not recommended to go on diet you can watch
out your calories.
First find out what is the ideal calorie intake of a lactating mother and then
try to avoid anything over that. Also, avoid fried and very rich food items
that are extremely high in calories.
Remember, you should never stay starved when you are nursing
One of the most remarkable benefits of breastfeeding is that it helps the
uterine muscles to contract and this will help you have a healthy, safe and
steady weight loss too.
Make sure you have a close watch on your water intake. This
is extremely important and be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
This is again important when you are breastfeeding your newborn.
If you stay hydrated more milk will be produced and it will help you feel
energetic the whole day too.
Usually 2 – 3 liters of water is enough for a normal person
but lactating mothers should have at least 4 liters of water or other liquids
Keep your meals simple yet nutritious. Prepare ahead of time
so that if you feel tired you may end up eating some quick fix meal which would
do nothing but add up fat on your body. Try to have at least one well balanced
meal per day. Keep fresh fruits and vegetables at home so that when you feel
hungry you do not grab any snack or cookies or high and empty calorie food items.
Even if it is too early, you can start having small and slow
walk which you may increase as and when recommended by the doctor. If your
doctor allows, you can start with yoga asanas and pranayamas that are helpful
in bringing back your shape. Yoga will help you stay free from stress and
anxiety which is two obvious feelings that new mothers experience usually.
The main thing is that you will have to be conscious and
select food items very prudently. This is because obviously you have put on
some weight during pregnancy period. Be watchful about your intake and pay
attention to nutrition. Take up safe and healthy weight loss goal. It is
advisable that you must be persistent and determined and give your target a
time. Be realistic about your weight loss and in setting goal and achieving it.