If you recently gave birth, you may be interested in regaining your old weight. The good news is that with a balanced diet, physical activity, and a little patience, you will definitely be able to lose most of the pounds you gained during your pregnancy. In the rest of this article, we explain how to lose weight safely after delivery, how long it can take, and how breastfeeding can help you lose a few pounds. Read More
What is the ideal weight loss after pregnancy?
Before you start losing weight, it is important to understand where all the pounds you accumulated during your pregnancy came from. Of course, your craving for ice cream may come out on its own, but you may lose more weight than you think.
Your actual weight gain during pregnancy depends on many other factors such as your general state of health and your lifestyle choices, such as how you exercise and eat healthy foods.
Each person’s situation is unique: for this reason, it is wise to ask your healthcare professional what your ideal weight gain is during your pregnancy, and how much you will lose later.
How long does it take to get back in shape?
The good news is that you may be able to lose up to 9 kg in the first few weeks after giving birth. New mothers lose an average of 6 kg during childbirth, amniotic fluid, and childbirth from the placenta. In the first week, you will probably lose a few extra pounds as your body comes out of its water storage on its own and your blood circulation returns to normal.
You will notice that after the first rapid weight loss after your delivery, it becomes stable. It will take a few more months to finally get rid of these last pounds that have accumulated during pregnancy.
It will probably take a few months for you to get back to your “earlier” weight. Experts generally advise women to lose 500 grams to 1 kg per week.
Your body needs time to recover and heal after your pregnancy and delivery, so don’t stress it out. You’ve been carrying and caring for a baby for 9 months, so relax and give yourself time to get back in shape.
Tips for good weight loss after pregnancy
Weight loss after pregnancy is like any other weight loss: you need to burn more calories than you need. You can lose those extra pounds in a matter of months by combining a healthy, balanced diet with regular physical activity.
First of all, know that it is important to avoid very strict food. In fact, your body needs energy and nutrition provided by a balanced diet to recover during pregnancy and after delivery.
To lose weight consistently, for small portions, avoid sweet or salty foods or snacks and, in general, eat a balanced diet with:
Protein from various foods,
If you eat well but struggle to get rid of the last few pounds, experts recommend reducing the small behaviors you do to yourself, such as desserts, fried foods, or soft drinks.
Your healthcare professional will be able to help you if you need specific advice on what to eat.
Practicing physical activity, along with a balanced diet, can help you get back in shape. It has more benefits, such as giving you more energy, improving your mood, reducing stress, and helping you stay physically fit.
Before resuming physical activity after delivery, consult your healthcare professional. Once it gives you the green light, you can then start.