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Postnatal Weight Loss Tips

Postnatal Weight Loss Tips

Childbirth is a joyful experience and new chapter beings in women’s life with it. However, postnatal weight gain is one of the upsetting things about pregnancy for many new mothers. You should plan properly for postnatal weight loss keeping in mind your baby’s health. Read on to find tips for a healthy weight loss after pregnancy.

It is perfectly natural for new moms to desire getting back to their pre-pregnancy weight. I was desperate to get rid of my maternity clothes after my baby’s birth. I was fed up of looking fat and wearing shapeless clothes during my pregnancy. However since I was breastfeeding my baby I started focusing on postnatal weight loss only after a couple of months of my baby’s birth. Here are some tips just for you for having a healthy weight loss after pregnancy.

Do Not Start Dieting or Exercising Immediately

Post pregnancy tiredness is normally felt most in the initial months immediately after the delivery of the baby. Hence, for a month or two after the delivery of your baby you must concentrate on getting adequate rest and eating well to breastfeed your infant.

Start your Weight Loss Regimen Gradually

New moms desiring to lose weight must plan to do so gradually and slowly. Immediately after your child’s birth your body needs to recover completely and be fit to produce enough milk for your newborn. In case you attempt to lose weight aggressively immediately after delivery this may cause harm to both you and your baby.

Avoid Heavy Workouts

Start your weight loss program by performing moderate form of exercise like brisk walking and eating sensibly. Reduce your intake of fats and sugars. Eat more of fresh fruits and vegetables in raw form wherever possible. During lactation even moderate dieting can help you lose 4-5 pounds each month. Do not expect any drastic weight loss to happen until about 2 weeks postpartum.

Breastfeeding Encourages Weight Loss

Research has indicated that mothers breastfeeding babies more frequently experience weight loss faster than mothers who nurse less often. Also mothers who nurse for shorter periods of time tend to lose weight more slowly as compared to those who nurse longer. A breastfeeding woman normally will be able to burn an additional 500 calories every day when she produces milk.

Post Pregnancy Diet Tips for Weight Loss

A balanced diet which will help most women lose weight post pregnancy must include:
  • 3-4 servings of fresh vegetables. Consuming vegetables which are rich in Vitamin C, E and beta carotene are particularly very useful.
  • 2-3 servings of fresh fruits. Consume citrus fruits rich in vitamin C like kiwis, strawberry in raw form.
  • Stay away from tinned fruit juices which are high in sugar and contain artificial preservatives which may be harmful for a breastfeeding mom.
  • 2-3 servings of whole-grains is a very healthy option for nursing moms desiring to lose weight.
  • Include food rich in calcium like enriched soy items and deep green leafy veggies in your daily intake.
  • You must have at least one serving of iron-laden foods like meats, spinach, enriched cereals, beans, soy products and dry fruits everyday.
  • Restrict your intake of caffeine and alcohol.

In the initial weeks or months after your baby’s birth your sleep pattern may be drastically affected. There may be days when you do not get the required amount of sleep and rest. With a new baby in the house each day will be very different from the earlier ones. Hence it would be foolish to diet under such circumstances. Not only would it harm your own health, your baby’s development may also be impacted.

Hence before you start your diet program it is necessary to devise a plan. Take into consideration your baby’s normal sleep pattern and routine requirements. If you need additional help seek the support of your husband, family or friends. Do not be in a hurry to lose weight. Once your baby is a few months old you will have a lot more time on your hands as compared to period immediately following her birth. Do not follow any postnatal weight loss programme without consulting your doctor.

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Sehri.3 years ago
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Minni.7 years ago
great tips for postnatal weight loss. My due date is in mid feb. and i am sure going to follow the tips for a healthy weight loss.
Riri.7 years ago
Rather than focusing on weight loss after delivery, new moms should focus on staying happy and eating healthy. Weight loss happens gradually over time if one is eating healthy.
Minisha.7 years ago
These postnatal weight loss tips are just great for losing weight in a healthy way. Postpartum weight loss should always be healthy as this is the recovery period and also for taking care of the baby.
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