You have a lot on your mind now that your new little baby has arrived. You must worry about when to feed your baby, what to do when your baby cries and especially how to shed all those extra pounds that you packed on while pregnant.
If your weight was normal when you became pregnant and you only gained the extra twenty-five to thirty pounds recommended by your doctor, you should be able to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight in just a couple of months. All you have to do is eat right and exercise regularly.
On the contrary, if you began your pregnancy overweight, or you put on more weight than recommended by your doctor, it may take up to a year before you are back in your pre-momma pants. In fact, any baby weight that you fail to take off just may hang around for quite some time.
According to Dr. Debra Krummel, PhD, RD, with the University of Cincinnati, “It’s very critical that you do get the weight off, because if you don’t it has been associated with overweight and obesity 15 to 20 years later in life.”
Although you are eager to lose the baby weight, it is important to be patient. With that in mind, here are some after pregnancy weight loss tips to help get you on the right track.
As strange as it may sound, dieting can actually hamper all of your after pregnancy weight loss efforts. If you feel deprived of your favorite foods on top of all of the stress you are feeling already just from being a new mom, you may actually end up gaining weight. If you eat healthy and only when you are hungry, you will find that the weight comes off naturally with little effort.
As opposed to dieting, try eating a well-balanced diet that consists of a variety of healthy foods. In addition, keep healthy snacks handy, such as apples, wheat crackers and carrots to provide you with energy throughout the day.
Although it is still up in the air whether breastfeeding leads to weight loss, a number of studies have found that breastfeeding helps you lose weight faster, while others claim there is no difference with mothers who bottle-feed their babies.
Breastfeeding is best for your baby because it helps boost immunity in addition to a number of other important health benefits. When you are nursing, it is a good idea to include an additional three hundred calories per day in your diet, slightly more for multiples. However, do not use this as an excuse to eat anything and everything you want.
The most important thing to remember is to be patient. Be sure you get plenty of rest so your body stays strong and healthy. Gradually add more activity to your life to keep moving. Most of all enjoy your new little bundle of joy.