How can I lose my Post-Pregnancy Weight?
You can no longer feel that life growing and stretching and kicking inside you. Instead, you are left with the weight that was no doubt, brought about during pregnancy. Now there is a certain amount of weight that automatically drops away from the scale. I lost 16 pounds upon delivery of my baby, the fluids from the amniotic fluid, and the placenta which had a weight of 6 pounds on its own! What you are left with belongs to you.
Now some women who get pregnant, go right back to their pre-pregnancy weight without delay. While others, like myself, didn't. So, then the question becomes, how do I lose my post-pregnancy weight? It is not as easy as we might think. It is a daunting task to get to the gym after six weeks of exhaustion, recuperation, and new-mom jitters and anxiety. There is no schedule, little to no rest, and certainly no energy to exert at a gym.
Don't lose hope. You will lose the weight. First and foremost, breastfeeding is the quickest way to lose weight. I know. I didn't believe it either but it really does help with the weight loss. First of all by the end of your pregnancy, the uterus that had been roughly the size of a golf ball is not about the size of a large watermelon. The uterus contractions involved in nursing your infant will cause the uterus (what is the function of uterus?) to return to its normal, much smaller, size causing a sometimes drastic loss in weight. And interestingly enough, the contracting of the uterus as it shrinks also causes the abdominal muscles to tighten as they regain their elasticity causing additional weight loss.
While breast feeding is a great weight loss tool as well as extremely beneficial to your little one, you will need to do more if you are going to lose your post-pregnancy weight. Simple things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking further away from your destination and making the walk is helpful. Take your newborn, dress him/her accordingly, and go outside. Not only does the outside air do wonders for your infant, it can do more for you. Pushing your baby around the block at least once a day will help with your weight loss because your metabolism is regulating and you will be able to burn the calories.
There are others ways to lose weight as well. During the pregnancy, you had to eat for two. Your body required it. You may have to work on it, but you are only eating for you now. Be careful what you eat and when you eat it. What you eat can also affect your milk if you decide to nurse and can cause gas and discomfort for your baby. Changing your eating habits can cause weight loss as well.
The most important thing is to not let your weight add to your life. Your hormones need to regulate. You may need to talk to someone to keep postpartum depression at bay, which is common in women who have just had a baby. Weight gain is a natural part of the most beautiful miracle that you are blessed to experience. Keep focused. You can lose the weight through breast feeding, light to moderate exercise, changes in your eating habits, and other lifestyle changes.
It is not easy, as I am still trying to lose my post-pregnancy weight, but rest assured that it can be done. Don't give up.
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