Losing Weight After Birthing – What You Should Know…

August 6, 2009


Many women gain quite a bit of weight during a pregnancy, some women more than others due to their metabolism and any health problems. It is normal for a woman to gain approximately 25 to 35 pounds and loose 12 to 14 pounds during the birth. Leaving the new mother with approximately 12 to 21 pounds of extra weight after the pregnancy and birth.

Many women ask if it is possible to lose weigth they gained during the pregnancy and therefore regain the figure they had before. The answer to this question is normally yes, in exception to rare cases. In most cases the new mother is capable of regaining their previous figure in a space of 8 to 12 months.

The most important thing to do to loose the extra weight gained is not to rush into any ‘miracle diets’ to try to loose the weight quickly, especially if you are breast feeding. The best thing to do is concentrate on eating a complete and healthy diet and to do some daily exercise. Most new mothers make their own exercise plans that do not interfere with the new baby. Doing exercises of approximately 10 minutes a couple of times a day will help you to regain your figure.

It is very important to maintain a healthy diet as your body has been put under a lot of pressure and has used up a lot of your stored energy. Maintaining a healthy diet will not affect you if you are breastfeeding as the quality of your milk does not falter. If you are breastfeeding you will find that it is a lot easier to loose excess weight during the first couple of months after the birth.

There is a program called ‘rebuild your vision‘. It is an eye exercise program aimed at improving vision. While it has little to do with weight loss, taking care of your eyes is important.

Before starting any diets and if you are breastfeeding, it is recommended to speak to your doctor. Many women can create a low anemia after the birth and therefore may need more iron in their diet. Speak to your doctor and find out what is best for you in this new situation to be able to stay healthy and energetic but also to be able to loose the weight you want without damaging yourself.

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