Many pregnant women spend a lot of time worrying about their weight gain, and how long it will take them to loose those extra pounds after the baby is born. It’s especially hard when you’re trying to care for a brand new baby. Since you did not gain the weight quickly, you should not think that you will be able to lose the weight quickly.
But, our society tells us otherwise. Celebrities are shown in magazines with a very slim figure just a month after giving birth to a child. The give them very positive feedback like it is something everyone wants to do. However, healthy weight loss takes time. If you lose weight too quickly, your body may not be healthy and you main gain the weight back.
A good way to lose pounds is to breastfeed. The purpose of gaining weight during pregnancy is to store calories, nutrients and vitamins for your baby to use even after birth. Breastfeeding burns 200-500 extra calories a day. Helping you get back to your pre-baby weight is one of the ways nature can play a part. Breastfeeding is not the only way to get back your shape, and thankfully there are alternatives for women who simply are not able to nurse their babies.
Eating healthy is not only important for weight loss but also if you are breastfeeding. You want your baby to be getting the most nutritious meal possible. If you are not eating properly, all the nutrients from what you are eating will go into your breast milk, leaving very little vitamins for you. Try eating 4-5 smaller meals throughout the day instead of 3 larger ones, this will boost your metabolism and keep you from being hungry.
It is imperative to drink a lot of water, especially if you are breastfeeding. Drink 8-10 glasses a day. This will flush the toxins from your body that are a result of the pregnancy. Water will also make you feel full so you will be inclined to eat less.
Exercising after giving birth is important for several reasons. First of all, it won’t interfere with breastfeeding, unlike dieting. Secondly, it will help prevent postpartum depression because exercise boosts endorphins, which in turn give your mood a boost as well.
Most mothers find that even after they have achieved their pre-pregnancy weight, their bodies have taken on a slightly different shape than before. Your skin might sag and the muscles in the stomach area and thighs may look flabby due to all the unbelievable stretching that took place over the past few months. These muscles can be strengthened by exersize, giving you a firm and fit physique.
When you are starting a exercise regimen, it is important to start out very slowly. After giving birth, take the time to rest and heal,and take the time to become close with your baby. When you begin exercising, begin slowly with ten minutes of exertion, and then slowly increase the time as you feel more able.
Pregnancy has a powerful impact on your body. Don’t allow your worries about your weight to cloud this precious time with your new baby. You can lose weight any time but babies aren’t babies forever.