It’s something most women dread – weight gain during pregnancy. Typically, the average weight gain during pregnancy is between 25 to 35 pounds. Usually after the new mother delivers the baby, she’ll have about 12 to 21 pounds of excess weight. Of course all of this depends on a variety of factors.
However the point is, you’re here today because you want some actionable tips that’ll help you shed unwanted pounds and inches off your frame. The good news is, you can do exactly that – however it’ll take some effort and it’ll take some time. So your first goal is to 100% commit to getting rid of those pesky pounds and allowing for it to take time.
That said it might be a wise idea to avoid any fat burner pills or radical weight loss diets or fasts, at least for a while. What follows are 3 tips for reaching your target weight after child birth.
Slimming After Child Birth Tip #1:
First remember your body just underwent serious strain. That said you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the proper nutrition. Sure, cut back on the sweets and some fatty foods, but make doubly sure you’re getting the necessary calories, carbs and protein and healthy fats – and of course vitamins and minerals your body requires at this time. Take it easy on your body but don’t indulge in foods you know are bad for you.
Slimming After Child Birth Tip #2:
Breastfeeding your baby may help you lose some weight, at least during the twelve months after you gave birth. If you do see results, it likely won’t be during the postpartum period. Also you should not drop your daily calorie count below 1,800 while breastfeeding. Remember, the food you eat is the raw material that helps create milk for your baby. That’s why it’s important to add an extra 500 calories per day to your normal menu if you’re on a low fat diet. By the way, this is about the equivalent of one serving of dairy products, one serving of grain, one serving of fruit and one serving of green leafy vegetables.
Slimming After Child Birth Tip #3:
The next step is to engage in some exercise after your pregnancy. This will serve two purposes. First, exercising may help alleviate any post-natal depression. And second, it can help you lose some extra pounds from your pregnancy. Just don’t overdo your exercise — activities such as Yoga and walking are excellent ideas. Also, exercise will not interfere with your breastfeeding. Keep in mind that some experts recommend that you should wait 6 weeks after a vaginal birth and eight weeks after a c-section before you start exercising. It’s best to check with your doctor.
Obviously none of these tips for slimming after child birth are earth-shattering. It’s probably advice you already knew or would have figured on your own. However this further validates the importance of taking it easy and slowly easing into your campaign to regain your shape. The important thing is to get started and be patient, the results will come.