Weight Loss After Pregnancy

Weight gain in pregnancy is healthy and natural, but many women crave to return to their pre-pregnancy bodies. But you need to exercise caution when losing your baby weight. Just as it's best to put on weight slowly and steadily during your pregnancy, you need to be slow and steady in losing weight after your pregnancy. Here are some tips for getting back into shape. To read more on weight loss, visit FemPlace.com.

One good way to lose some of your pregnancy weight is to breastfeed! Always pair breastfeeding with other forms of post partum weight loss. One of the reasons your body puts on weight during pregnancy is to help store the caloric energy it takes to breastfeed your baby-about 200 to 500 extra calories per day. Therefore take advantage of losing calories the way your body naturally intended-breastfeeding!

Get Your Pre-Pregnancy Body Back

There are many benefits to exercising after your pregnancy. It will help you lose those extra pounds put on during pregnancy, alleviate post-partum depression and, unlike dieting, it won't interfere with your breastfeeding.

It's important that you ease your way into exercising again. Wait six weeks after a vaginal birth and eight weeks after a c-section to start exercising. It is recommended that you engage in low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming or yoga. Come up with a personal exercise program - something you can stick to -and enroll the company of a friend or new mother.

Start slow: 10-minute exercises should be tried first and then increased when you feel more confident. Keep a 30-minute limit on your exercise time and cease immediately if you start to feel dizzy or short of breath.

Work Out at Home
There are many exercise routines perfect for the post birth period that can be performed at home. Yoga exercises are perfect for in-home working out. If you took yoga classes before or during your pregnancy, put on some relaxing music and practice those exercises.

Pelvic Floor Strengtheners
Another important area to target is the vagina: it needs to tighten up after that baby has passed through. A good way to do this is with Kegel Crunches, as you can practise these virtually anywhere. Simply tighten the muscles of the vagina as if trying to interrupt the flow of pee and count to five. This will increase circulation to the pelvis while tightening the muscles.

Healthy Weight Loss Through Healthy Eating
Next to exercising, a healthy diet is the best way to lose your pregnancy pounds. Talk to your doctor about what foods are important for the continuing health of you and your baby. Focus on nutrition, not on weight-loss diets! If you're breastfeeding, your baby's nutritional needs outweigh your need for a slim body. For more information, read Eating for Two.

Go For a Walk
Walking is one of the best exercises around - and it doesn't even require special equipment. All you need is a good pair of shoes, fine weather and your baby, of course! This very practical stroller workout has now been popularized on video. This workout is designed to start six to eight weeks after giving birth and is developed around your baby's needs for stimulation.

Pregnancy and weight gain are like peas and carrots - they go together and it's healthy for you. Therefore, when trying to lose those pregnancy pounds, be sensible and don't entertain extremes: no junk food binges and no celebrity diets. Balanced nutrition coupled with exercise is the safest and healthiest way to get back your pre-pregnancy body.

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8 months ago
Ensure that you eat nutritious food during the first three months without thinking too much about losing weight. In normal course of life, you need six to eight months to return to your weight and shape you had before pregnancy. Of course, it all depends on how much weight you gained during your pregnancy. - Trying to achieve fast weight loss too soon after pregnancy could lead to serious trouble.
2 years ago
Thanks for the info. I have had four kids and I just wanted to add my own thought or two. I don\'t know if some have experienced success with the creams and lotions and pills, but I didn\'t. The only thing that worked for me was sensible eating plan and simpel and short but consistent daily exercise. And oh yeah, having an exercise plan customized for pregnant women or women who recently gave birth did help a lot. Lorraine
2 years ago
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3 years ago
joeys mom
i gained way too much weight during pregnancy even though everyone warned me not too. now i don't know what to do. it is so hard to take off this weight and with the new baby i have no energy to exercise. i am doing what i can to follow all of the postpartum exercises but it is so hard to stay motivated and energized to exercise even though i am so unhappy with my weight now. i just wish i had been more careful about what i ate while pregnant. to all of you newly pregnant women listen up: you are not eating for two! be careful about gaining too much weight during pregnancy. you'll regret it later!
4 years ago