Weight Loss After Pregnancy

After giving birth, most new moms want to return to their pre-pregnancy bodies. However, experts say that it is best to exercise caution when trying to lose your pre-pregnancy weight. Remember that your body is just starting to recover from a fairly arduous experience, and putting it through another strenuous one may not be such a good idea. The key is to slowly get back in shape.

Below are a ways to help you regain your pre-pregnancy figure.

Breastfeeding

One way to lose your baby weigh is to breastfeed. One of the reasons why you gain weight during pregnancy is because it stores the caloric energy it needs to breastfeed your baby. That’s about 200-500 extra calories per day. By breastfeeding you lose calories the way your body naturally intended.

Exercise

Exercise has a number of benefits. It will help you lose weight, and also help ease your post-partum depression. On top of that, exercise, unlike dieting, won’t meddle with your breastfeeding.

Remember to ease your way back into exercising. Wait 6 weeks after a vaginal birth, and 8 weeks after a C-section before you start exercising again. Start with low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming or yoga. Create an exercise routine that you can stick to, and enlist the help of a friend or a fellow new mom. Begin slowly. Try 10-minute exercises first, and extend your workout period when you feel more confident. Limit your exercise time to 30-minutes and stop immediately if you start feeling dizzy or short of breath.

Exercise at home

Having just given birth, you can’t be far away from your baby for too long. Because of this you’re going to have to do your exercise routine at home. There are a lot of exercise routines that can be done at home. A good example is yoga. If you have been practicing yoga before or during your pregnancy, put on some soothing music and pick up from where you left off.

Pelvic floor strengtheners

After giving birth, it is important to tighten up the vagina after the baby passes through. a good way to do this is to perform Kegel Crunches. You an actually do this anywhere. You simply have to tighten the muscles of your vagina as though you’re trying to hold your pee, and then count to five. This increase the circulation to your pelvis while tightening the muscles.

Healthy Eating

Apart from exercising, healthy eating is another great way for you to drop you baby weight. Ask your doctors which foods are necessary for the continuing health of both you and your baby. Concentrate on getting the right nutrition and not on weight-loss diets. If you are breastfeeding, your newborn’s nutritional needs are more important than your need for a slim figure.

Source: pregnancy-info.net