How to lose weight after having a baby

Weight loss after childbirth is a much discussed topic. For many new mothers, losing pregnancy weight is important. You would be amazed at some of the things a woman will put her body through in order to look good. Finding the right after pregnancy diet that actually works can be quite the unwanted chore. But, you have to keep in mind, not all diets will work for everyone.

You also need to acknowledge the fact that it took you months to gain the weight you are trying to lose. The average person is unable to lose the weight as fast as the popular movie stars.

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Why? Simply because as an average mother you do not employ a personal nutritionist, cook, nanny and a personal trainer to help you get back into shape. The everyday mother has a household to run, bills to pay, meals to cook and laundry to do. Therefore it generally takes longer to get the body back into shape.

However, it is important that you do not try to cut your calories down too much. You should make sure you are consuming ample calories on a daily basis, this is especially true if you are a breastfeeding mother. Keeping a daily food diary will help you to make sure that you eat the right amount of food. If you are breastfeeding your child you should stay between 1,800 and 2,000 calories a day. This ensures you are able to make enough breast milk to keep your child healthy and full.

There is a good time for a new mother to begin working on losing weight after baby. As you already know, normally a doctor will suggest you take it easy for at least 6 weeks after you have had the baby. Listen to the advice of your doctor. When you go in for your six week check up you should discuss the options that are available and safe for you to do to lose post pregnancy weight.

Although you might not be able to lower your calorie intake, that does not mean you can not exercise in moderation. For example, you can bring the baby out for a walk in the stroller. This will give the two of you fresh air and you some exercise. Some women have even come up with a way to use the carriage as an exercise mechanism.

If you begin light exercising early after you have delivered your bundle of joy you can also be improving your mental health as well. It has been proven that moderate exercise such as walking can boost self esteem and a person’s overall mental health.

Once you have gone for your six week check up your doctor can give you helpful tips to lose the weight. An after pregnancy diet should consist of healthy foods for you and your child. Avoid taking pills or supplements unless they have been approved by your doctor.

You can get back to your normal weight or close to it if you do it correctly and don’t go into extremes. What you really want is a healthy approach to weight loss after childbirth. 

By: Alvin Hopkinson

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