Weight loss after a c-section delivery is possible with some simple
steps. Find out how to get back into your pre pregnancy shape by losing that
extra flab after a caesarean delivery.
In comparison to a normal vaginal
delivery, a caesarean delivery is a complicated one, since it requires an
abdominal surgery. As such it is believed that a c-section takes a toll on the
body of the new mother. But losing
weight that you have gained during pregnancy is
not really impossible or that difficult after a caesarean delivery too. Yes, you
might require being more cautious or taking additional care of your body and
observe a lot of precautions. But with due diligence losing that extra flab is
surely possible. Here are a few options given below that will help you get back
into your pre pregnancy shape with considerable ease:
Breastfeeding the Baby
Yes, breastfeeding the baby regularly
helps the mother to lose weight. There are a number of researches that support
this point that with regular breastfeeding, women are able to lose weight more effectively compared
to women who did not breastfeed. This is explained by the fact that when you breastfeed,
your body is required to use extra calories to produce and store the milk.
Start Light Exercises
A light exercise regimen must be
charted out after consulting your doctor and must be started off as soon as he
permits. Once the doctor suggests that your body is now ready to take on a
little stress of a light workout, you should not delay it. But at the same time
make sure that you do not rush or push yourself. Check your comfort level and
follow the doctor’s suggestions at all times. You must wait at least six weeks
post your c-section in order to begin with any sort of exercise. This is the
least amount of time that is usually required by the body to recuperate after
surgery and childbirth. Doctors generally suggest that the new mother should
now start physical activity with slow walks, with support in required and for
smaller durations. Stop once you feel tired.
Check Your Calories
The calorie level of your system must
never be allowed to dip beyond 1200. This means that your daily calorie intake
or consumption must not be below 1200. If the level is below this, it will not
meet the metabolic requirements of your body. Rather the condition can be
termed as starving in medical terms which is definitely not desirable for you
or your baby. Remember that your body is recuperating from the surgery and childbirth and pregnancy and it needs nutrition and calories to
repair itself. Your diet should thus have an abundant supply of nutrients to
meet this requirement. Besides, it must also be enough to maintain the milk
supply to breastfeed your baby.
It is recommended that since the
digestive system is quite sensitive at this stage, you opt for smaller meals
and ensure that you eat enough to satiate your hunger and not more. Smaller
meals not only prevent the possibility of overeating and over indulgence, but
also keep the blood sugar levels stable. Also make sure that you take in a balanced
diet that has all the required minerals,
vitamins, protein, carbohydrate and fibers. Not to forget the essential fatty
acids too. Go for vitamin and mineral supplements if suggested by your doctor.
Your diet should comprise of whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, lean
cuts of milk, fish, egg, dairy and poultry products.
Focus on Abdomen
You need to ensure that you are able
to rebuild the strength of your abdominal muscles. Once you attain the
permission from your doctor, try out kegels, slight pelvic tilts and light
crunches. But before that make sure that you do some warm up breathing
exercises. It is not only helpful for your lungs but also contributes in the
rebuilding of abdominal strength.
Finally, you have to monitor the
amount of weight you are losing over a period of time. Accordingly you can
adjust your diet and workout style and routine, of course with prior
consultation with your doctor. You have gained this weight over a period of
nine months, so you must give yourself adequate time to lose it as well. Have
patience and a disciplined approach.