Every pregnancy is different, but one thing remains the same, you are most likely going to gain weight during your pregnancy. And most women want to know how they’re going to lose weight after pregnancy.
Here are some great pieces of information about weight loss after pregnancy.
You Lose Weight Giving Birth
Most women understand that their baby is going to take up 7 to 10 pounds of their weight that they’ve gained during their pregnancy.
When you deliver, you will lose all of the weight of the baby plus 1 to 2 pounds of amniotic fluid and blood and whatever the placenta weighs, so keep in mind that this is the very first weight loss after pregnancy.
Most women don’t see this right away, because of the volume of fluids that they get during the standard hospital delivery.
Some women retain the water that they are given through IV fluids for a week or two after their delivery. The swelling in the ankles and hands is known as edema and will go away along with the excess weight that the IV fluids gave you.
How To Lose Weight After Pregnancy?
We’ve all heard that weight loss is the simple matter of calories in versus calories out.
So, what are some ways that you can make this equation balance out so that you are losing weight after your pregnancy?
1. Breast Feed
Breastfeeding is like nature’s miracle post baby. Not only does breastfeeding provide your infant with all of the nutrients it needs, breastfeeding also helps you burn up to an additional 500 calories every day.
Becoming a milk machine for your baby can definitely help lose weight after pregnancy..
2. Eat a Healthy Diet
We all know that we should be eating a healthy diet. But sometimes that is easier said than done, especially if you’re caring for a newborn.
When you’re caring for a newborn, if you’re breastfeeding too, it is of particular importance to make sure that you’re getting all of the vitamins and minerals you need.
But if you don’t watch your diet, losing weight after giving birth won’t be simple.
3. Eat A Lot Of Vegetables
I know it sounds boring and doesn’t compare to the ice cream and pickles you were eating when you were pregnant. But it’s hard to eat excess calories if you’re consuming a lot of vegetables.
A cup of broccoli has roughly 50 cals compared to an ounce of potato chips that has 160 cals. It’s going to be tough to eat 3 cups of broccoli. But it’s easy to eat an entire 11-ounce bag of Doritos.
If you find that you’re hungry but not willing to eat vegetables, chances are that you’re not hungry.
Here’s a tip: when the urge to snack comes, drinking a lot of water can help save some calories.
Also chewing a gum or eating sugar-free hard candies can give your mouth something to do without wolfing down an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s.
4. Take the Baby For A Stroll
One of the best investments that you can make as a new mom is a good stroller. The best strollers for exercise are the jogging strollers.
They’re lightweight and easy to maneuver, so you can run with them, walk with them, or even hike with them. Walking is an easy way to get your activity level up without becoming overly exhausted.
If you want to increase your ability to lose weight after pregnancy, then you can use your jogging stroller to jog. Jogging is a great exercise and will help you shed that excess baby weight.
I know, being a new mom is exhausting enough.
5. Wear That Baby
New infants love being in constant contact with mom.
You can use this to your advantage by wearing your baby when you’re doing household chores, working, shopping and even at the grocery store.
If you are serious about losing weight after pregnancy, then you really want to wear that baby to burn more calories.
If you want to take baby wearing to another level when your child is old enough to sit on his or her own, you can get a hiking backpack.
These packs are fantastic.
They allow your kiddo to sit on your back comfortably and look out on the world while you’re walking around, hiking, going to the zoo, looking at a nature trail. Insert your favorite activity here.
If you’re eating right and moving, more chances are that you’re going lose weight after pregnancy and before your child is even six months old!