Becoming a mother is the most amazing experience for any woman and it’s quite natural those 9 months of bearing that extra weight you now crave to get back to your pre-pregnancy figure as soon as possible. You’re willing to hang your maternity clothes in the back of the wardrobe. Losing weight after pregnancy is not a secret. It takes healthy foods, a commitment to physical activity and plenty of patience. Above all, remember that there’s more to weight loss after pregnancy than simply fitting into your favorite dress again. Here are some tips for getting back into shape.
When to Start?
It is recommended that you should wait for 2 to 3 months after giving birth to your baby and after that you may start following some vigorous exercises with healthy low fat diet. You should aim to lose 1 pound per week and continue to focus on taking nutritious diet and exercise.
The time of weight loss depends upon how much weight you gained during your pregnancy. The average weight gain in most women is approximately 25 to 35 pounds; out of which 10 to 12 pounds is lose while delivery leaving behind 15 to 25 pounds of weight which can easily be lost within 6 to 8 months after the first 3 months of delivery. So if you gained 50 pounds then it will take approximately 10 months to get back your pre-pregnancy shape.
The first and most effective way to loss your weight is breast feeding. The main reasons of your weight gain during pregnancy is to help to store the caloric energy it takes to breast feed your baby and that is about 200 to 500 extra calories per day. And if you breast feed your new born baby; you will be producing 850ml of breast milk per day. So, you can take advantage of losing calories in the natural way.
Exercise is very beneficial to loss weight in any case which include physical and mood settlement and also it will not interfere with your breastfeeding. So it is recommended to wait six weeks after a vaginal birth and eight weeks after a c-section to start exercising. Your doctor would advice you an exercise program .Follow that! You may also join the company of a friend or new mother.
It is recommended that you should start slowly with a 10 minute exercise and then gradually increase it. You should keep a limit of approximately 30 minute on your exercise time . In case of any sign of faintness or short of breath you should immediately end it.
There are many after pregnancy exercises can be carried out at home such as yoga.
The best and easiest exercise is “walking”. It is so simple you only need a comfortable pair of shoes. You may also take your I pod along with you.