Losing Weight After Baby – An Overview
Updated: April 27, 2012
Welcome to After Baby Weight. Losing weight after the baby is difficult, especially with the extra challenges that come with the blessed addition of your child into your life. This website strives to provide tips, tools, and techniques to make your weight loss after pregnancy easier and successful. This article provides an overview of the pregnancy weight loss you can expect at birth and some tips as you continue to lose your baby weight. To jump to more detailed information, please view our growing Article List.
Losing The Baby Weight Starts at Birth
When you delivered your baby you probably lost 11-14 pounds which accounted for the baby, placenta, amniotic fluid and perhaps some blood. Depending on how much swelling you had prior to the birth you may have dropped some water weight in the first week. Also, your uterus was heavy as it was quite expanded and you probably shed a pound or two from that during the first 6 weeks.
Your breasts were a couple pounds heavier during pregnancy and if you chose not to breastfeed you also lost that weight in a couple of weeks. If you are breast feeding, then although your breasts will stay heavier, you may get a real boost in weight loss over time since the breast milk will use up about an extra 500 calories a day!
If you’ve just recently delivered, do not be alarmed at how large your tummy still is. It takes the uterus 6 weeks to return completely to its normal size. After about 6 weeks, you may still be left with some of the extra fat layer that your body provided for the baby and any extra weight gain during pregnancy. Losing that left-over baby weight is the target of the articles on this website.
When to Add Exercise to Lose Weight After Your Baby
For the first 6 weeks (or longer depending on your delivery) your main focus should be on eating healthy foods and letting your body repair itself. Certainly do not start any rigorous exercise without permission from your health provider. Most people with smooth deliveries will be released for normal exercise at about 6 weeks and this is a good time to start a focused approach to losing that baby weight. When you are ready for some exercise ideas please visit Lose the Baby Weight.
Losing Weight After Baby is Quicker With a Healthy Diet
As for diet, in those first several weeks your body will be healing and you will most likely be thrilled and stressed at the same time, and very sleep deprived. So, keep your energy up and let your body heal by providing healthy foods (fruits, veggies, lean meat, whole grains) and plenty of water. For some excellent food choices, please visit our article How to Lose Pregnancy Weight.
During this time after delivery, you may need to curb your portion sizes and reduce your number of snacks (your body no longer needs those additional calories for the baby) to start losing the pregnancy weight.
More Detailed Information about Losing Weight After Baby
Everybody is different. Some like vigorous exercise others prefer mild, some need motivation, some need a loose diet plan while others benefit from a specific menu. There are many ways to lose weight after pregnancy. You will be most successful when you find a plan that is compatible to your personality and situation.
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