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Post-Baby Weight Loss

By Amber Ortega on February 6th, 2009


During a pregnancy, women gain on average 30-40 pounds.  Although many women want to jump back into their pre-pregnancy clothing, it is important to wait until the body has fully healed before attempting to lose this additional weight.  Women should wait until at least their six-week postpartum check up before beginning to diet or exercise.  Women who are breastfeeding are cautioned to wait for at least two months before attempting to lose excess weight.  Beginning to cut back on calories too early can cause milk flow to decrease or cause fatigue.

There are many different types of diets on the market, although it is important to remember that regardless of what the label says, there is no magic diet pill that will remove the extra pounds without any work on your part.  Diet takes hard work and dedication to get the results wanted.  By simply cutting back on calories, weight may be lost, however muscle may be lost as well. It is important to keep a balance with exercise.

Doing a strict, high-impact exercise routine is normally not possible shortly after a baby is born.  The new mother is tired from caring for a newborn.  In order to get back into shape without harming your body, try exercises that include your baby.  Take a walk around the block, babies enjoy being out in the fresh air.  Strap the baby into their stroller and take a short walk, this will get you moving without putting a lot of strain on your body.  To work on your abs, lay on your back and place your baby so she is laying facing you on your calves.  Gently lift and lower the baby.  This will get your abs along with your legs in shape, along with keeping your baby entertained.

Beware of cutting too many calories out of your diet.  Women need a minimum of 1,200 calories a day to stay healthy.  Cutting too many calories can cause illness, fatigue or severe mood swings.  To curb cravings for sweet foods, try healthy alternatives such as fruits and vegetables.  Drinking a glass of water or milk with your meal can also help to cut excess calories because they assist with making you feel full sooner.  Beware of what you drink, juice and flavored drinks can have a lot of hidden calories.  When drinking sports drinks, juice or other flavored drinks, try diluting them with water or drink plain water to avoid the excess calories.

By simply cutting about 500 calories a day out of your diet and doing minimal exercise, but you can begin to lose weight and stay healthy.  Although many women never go back to having the same stomach, legs and hips they had pre-pregnancy, staying healthy and being fit is more important.  Although there are new fad diets all over the market, they can be harmful to your health and cause you to become ill.  Being a health mom is more important than fitting back into your skinny jeans.

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