Weight Loss After Childbirth
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Women differ when it comes to losing weight after pregnancy. Some seemingly effortlessly shake off the weight they gained during pregnancy, while others struggle to shed even a couple of kilos. What’s the best way to lose weight after childbirth?
Eat appropriately during and after pregnancy
It will be a whole lot easier to shake off pregnancy weight after childbirth if the weight gained during pregnancy was not excessive. Chat to your doctor about what safe weight gain is for you, and avoid concepts like “eating for two” so that your weight gain during pregnancy is within normal limits. After delivery, ensure that your diet remains healthy and nutritious.
Try to breastfeed
Women who breastfeed offer countless benefits to their babies, but a great bonus is that breastfeeding also makes it easier for mothers to lose their pregnancy weight, given the metabolic demands of constantly producing nutritious milk for your infant.
Women who have recently delivered should not delay in resuming with exercise. Around six weeks after birth, you can slowly reintroduce your pre-pregnancy physical routine. Having a new-born is an enormous amount of work, and you may think that simply looking after your new bundle of joy is enough, or that you have no energy to exercise. But exercise needs to be a time when you can focus on your body, and around the clock feeds and nappy changes simply don’t compare to going for a walk or to a yoga class.
Remember, your weight gain took place over several months during pregnancy. Don’t expect that the weight loss will be instant. Be patient with your body and acknowledge the massive changes that have taken place in order for you to bring a new life into the world.
This information is this article is intended for general purposes only. If you have any concerns about your health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a healthcare professional.