With the arrival of your new bundle of joy much of your life has changed dramatically. What has not changed, is your figure. Most new moms still look several months pregnant even after time has past after giving birth. In this article you will find 3 weight loss tips to help you lose weight after pregnancy.
Right after you give birth your body begins to shrink to your pre-pregnancy shape. But it will take time. For the uterus to contract to its original size it takes about 4 weeks. As well, during the first couple of weeks the body will get rid of extra fluid and women are known to easily lose between 8 – 10 pounds during that time. And the remaining weight just lingers on.
During my pregnancy I gained 45 pounds. I lost all the pregnancy weight within 2.5 months after my daughter was born. I never consciously tried to lose weight. I just did what came to me naturally. My actions are summarized in the 3 weight loss tips that I’ll share with you now and I hope they will help you lose your pregnancy weight as well.
Lose Weight After Pregnancy With These 3 Weight Loss Tips
1. Walk to lose weight. I was very young when I had my first daughter and I followed my mother’s suggestion that fresh air was of utmost importance for my new baby. As soon as I was able to, about 2 – 3 weeks after giving birth, I started to walk with her. I bundled her up in her stroller and after breakfast we walked and walked…
I did not power walk. Sometimes we walked for an hour, sometimes for 2 and even 3 hours the odd time. During the day I never ran errands using my car. If I needed to buy something, I walked with my daughter to the store. In retrospect, the walks were precious. They were never a chore.
I began to shape up shortly after I started walking. Not only my body began to change its shape, I felt more energetic as well. I guess the fresh air was good for me too.
2. Sleep when your baby naps. A new baby is very demanding on your sleep, especially if you are breastfeeding and you cannot share the responsibility of feeding your infant with your spouse. Most mothers are perpetually under slept during the early life of their baby.
Yet sleep is very important for weight loss. If a person is sleep deprived it is quite difficult to lose weight. When you don’t get enough sleep your body produces various stress hormones that will prevent you from losing weight and even cause you to gain weight.
Since I usually walked with my daughter first thing in the morning, my baby napped in the afternoon. As soon as I put her down for her nap, I took a nap too.
Many new moms feel very guilty about napping as they feel they need to catch up on all the housework. Believe me, it will still be there after you’ll wake up. Don’t feel guilty looking after yourself. You are entitled to it and it is important for your recovery.
3. Don’t forget to eat throughout the day. Don’t diet. Be sure to eat healthy nutrient rich foods and snacks and not nutrient poor foods full of empty calories and fats (chips, donuts, pastry…)
Have healthy veggies, fruits, yogurt, crackers, nuts on hand for snacking. Snack often, as often as your baby feeds. Have a good breakfast and a healthy lunch. These meals and small snacks throughout the day are going to keep you from starving by dinner time.
As you can see these 3 weight loss tips are very natural. There is nothing magical about them. But they really work. When I had my second daughter I gained 35 pounds. I adhered to these three tips and I also lost the weight within a couple months despite the fact that by that time I was 9 years older.
As I said before, I just did what felt natural to me. I walked because I felt the baby needed fresh air. I napped with my daughter because I was tired. I ate because I was hungry. That is all what it was…No magic…
I really believe that if you too will adhere to these 3 weight loss tips you will easily lose the pregnancy weight. I am also convinced that you will find the walks very pleasurable, relaxing and memorable.
I’d love to hear your stories. Perhaps you can suggest weight loss tips that helped you lose your “baby weight”. Make sure to leave a comment.