Shedding Weight After Pregnancy

If you've recently had a baby, your world probably revolves around caring for your precious little one.

And for good reason. But taking care of yourself is important too. Your health is not only vital to your own well-being; it will help you be a stronger mother.

However, finding time to focus on your health isn’t always easy. At Lutheran Medical Center, we understand the many demands of motherhood. And we are here to help you create a healthy life for both you and your child. Below are some tips to help you shed weight after pregnancy.

Keep Perspective

Your body performed an amazing feat over the past nine months. And it’s important to honor your body and let it heal. Don’t expect to bounce back to prepregnancy shape overnight. And don’t take drastic measures to try and get there. Keep in mind that it takes most women six to nine months to lose the weight they gained during pregnancy.

When you first get home from the hospital, focus only on caring for your baby and treating yourself well. Eat healthy, whole foods. And try to sleep when you can. Chances are some extra pounds will begin to fall off by themselves without much effort.

Consider Breastfeeding

Breast-feeding offers countless health benefits to you and your baby. Studies show one fringe benefit is that it can help you lose weight. Breast-feeding requires a lot of energy. In fact, women who breast-feed can burn up to 500 extra calories a day. if you maintain a healthy diet, you can successfully feed your baby and shed pounds at the same time.

Get Moving

Once you get the OK from your doctor, slowly work exercise back into your routine. it won’t affect your milk supply if you’re breast- feeding and can help you get your body back even faster. But you may have to overcome some obstacles. Lack of sleep can take a toll on motivation. And time to yourself may be at a premium. To get moving again, recognize hurdles and make adjustments.

Start by taking walks with your baby in the stroller. The fresh air and change of scenery is good for both of you. Plus, you don’t have to find a babysitter. When you’re ready, look for exercise groups geared for new moms, such as postpartum yoga, aerobics or baby-and-me walking groups. Studies show that the support of others can help you reach your health goals.