Celebrity moms have managed to bounce back to their perfect figure in such a short time that many women would also want to do the same. Although weight loss may be possible that early after pregnancy, it may not be too realistic for most women. It is important to recognize that most of us don’t have the resources that they have to aid in weight loss. New moms often have to adjust to the added responsibility of taking care of the baby. At this point, finding extra time to exercise may seem like a luxury.
Women should avoid cutting down on calories too soon. Your body may not need the extra calories during pregnancy, but it still needs an adequate amount of calories for breastfeeding. Women who chose to breastfeed need to consume at least 1,800 to 2,000 calories a day. This will ensure that you will still be able produce enough milk to nourish your baby.
Eating healthy is very important in order to attain weight loss. Choose foods that will make you feel full longer. Examples of these food items include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It is also essential to choose nutrient rich foods but with a lower fat content. Skim milk, yogurt and cheeses with reduced fat content can be readily purchased. It is also wise to choose skinless poultry, lean portions of meat and pork, fish and beans as protein sources. These food items do not only have protein, but they also contain iron, zinc and Vitamin B. If you find it hard to avoid unhealthy foods like junk food, it may be best not to stock up on it in order to avoid temptation.
New moms also need extra energy due to the demands of motherhood. Instead of eating three large meals, try eating several small portions per day. This will provide a continual supply of energy and it will also help in boosting your metabolism. If you feel that you want to eat all the time, it may be helpful to divert your attention on other things like taking your baby to the park or reading a good book.
Exercise is always good for the body, but women need to take it easy for the first 6 to 8 weeks after giving birth. During pregnancy, a woman’s body produces significant amounts of relaxin, which loosens the joints thereby facilitating labor. However, after delivery, it may put a woman at risk for injury. Exercise should begin the way you did while you were pregnant. You should start out slow and gradually build the exercise after your body has adjusted. You can then ask your doctor as to when you can possibly begin your pre-pregnancy exercise routine during your postpartum check-up. If you haven’t been exercising, a good way to start is through walking. You can regularly take your baby out on a stroller in order to have some form of exercise.
If at any time while exercising you experience excessive bleeding, pelvic or abdominal pain, shortness of breath, severe exhaustion after a mild exercise, and muscle soreness that lasts more than a day, consult your doctor right away.
Losing weight after pregnancy can be really frustrating for most women. Weight loss after pregnancy is hard and it takes time. Women should not be too hard on themselves. It took nine months to put all the weight in during pregnancy, so it is going to take a considerable amount of time as well, to lose the weight. Your body may look different after pregnancy, but it is still the body that nourished your baby inside the womb. Instead of worrying too much about your appearance, celebrate and savor the moment with your new bundle of joy.