How to Slim Down After a Baby: Quick Weight Loss Tips
There is so much to do after the birth of a new baby. Post pregnancy weight loss after birth could be low on your priority list. Millions of women gain 30 pounds or more during pregnancy. Most baby Docs agree that 25 to 30 pounds of weight gain during pregnancy is expected. If you are patient and persistent, you can slim down and be back to your pre-pregnancy weight before you know it. Begin your journey today.
Post Pregnancy Weight Loss Tips
Breastfeeding can help you lose a significant amount of your pregnancy weight gain (and it is also great for your baby!). Breastfeeding burns a lot of calories and it also helps your baby’s immunity. Concentrate on eating healthily post pregnancy. Both you and your new child will benefit. Debra Krummel, PhD, RD, endowed professor in the University of Cincinnati department of nutrition suggests that you make post pregnancy weight loss a priority. She says that later life obesity is sometimes linked to post pregnancy weight gain. Most physicians and nutritional experts agree that gradual post pregnancy weight loss is best. Like most things in life, the steady, moderate approach seems to have staying power!
One Woman’s Journey to Post Pregnancy Weight Loss. Interesting Video!
Find ways to stay active. While you may be overwhelmed at home with a newborn, remember that fresh air and exercise is good for both of you. Dedicate yourself to exercise in some form for 30 minutes everyday. Break walks up into shorter intervals if that works for you. Another great idea is to follow along with exercise videos at home while your new baby sleeps. Obviously, check with your doctor before engaging in any challenging routines. After reading on this subject, I found that many doctors report that women jump into heavy exercise too quickly. They say that moderation in restarting any exercise regimen is well advised.
Try to get as much rest as possible. When overly tired, you may have more trouble losing weight. While you don’t always have control over how much rest you are receiving (newborns can be demanding!), talk to your partner and see if they will help you get a solid block of sleep each night. If you pump a bottle before bed, ask your partner or a family member to get up with the baby for one feeding. Aim for at least 5 to 6 hours of solid sleep.
Melinda Johnson, MS, RD, registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association (ADA) gives this advice: “Keep in mind that you were pregnant for nine months. Be gentle with yourself when returning to your pre-pregnancy weight. If it took you nine months to get where you are, give yourself ample time to get back.”
Bottom Line: Be patient. Your priorities are much different now. Focus on your new life together and incorporate exercise and good nutrition habits into your new life! With focused effort and solid goal planning, you’ll be back to your preferred weight before you know it.