The average woman will gain around 30 to 35 pounds during her pregnancy.
After your baby is born, you might be wondering when your extra “baby weight” will start to disappear. Here are a few tips to help you shed those unwanted pounds after having a baby.
While you may be wanting to shed your extra baby weight right away, you do need to use caution. Most health practitioners don’t recommend limiting your calorie intake or starting a new diet until your baby is at least two months old. Some health experts even recommend waiting until your baby is 3-6 months old. Drastically cutting your calories or changing your diet before this time could result in health problems, as well as a drop in your milk supply if you’re breastfeeding. As always, you should consult with your health practitioner before starting a diet or exercise routine.
If you’re able, you should try to breastfeed your baby. Breastfeeding can burn from 300 to 500 calories per day, which will help you return to your pre-pregnancy weight faster. Some babies may even consume 700-850 calories per day from breastmilk! Breastfeeding has numerous other health benefits, such as reducing your baby’s chance of being obese, and even reducing your risk for breast cancer.
This may seem like a given, but eating healthier after your baby is born is a great way to help kick-start your weight loss. You can continue the “snacking” habits you most likely gained during pregnancy – just make healthier choices. For example, try replacing corn chips with kale chips, and replacing traditional mayonnaise with lower-fat olive oil mayonnaise. You can even pre-cut veggie snacks (like celery and carrots) to have available when you feel like munching.
Online communities like MyFitnessPal are a great way to log your calories and daily exercise, while allowing you to set custom goals for yourself. You can track your progress, and even connect with other people who have similar fitness goals.
Give Yourself A Break.
Above all, don’t stress out about your post-baby weight. You just accomplished something amazing by bringing your baby into the world! With a few lifestyle changes, your baby weight will eventually disappear, and you’ll be back in your skinny jeans again.