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How to lose weight after giving birth

Some women go into their pregnancies being very fit, and others lose weight before they start using an ovulation calendar and hoping for a baby. Others are overweight when they get pregnant, or not in very good shape. Something all these groups have in common, of course, is weight gain during pregnancy.

No matter how fit and healthy you were before getting pregnant, after giving birth you will have some pounds to shed and probably a postpartum belly you’d rather see the back of.


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The question is how do you go about losing weight after having a baby in a healthy and responsible way, especially if you are a breastfeeding mother? There are lots of things that contribute to weight loss, actually! Here are some tips for you.


  • Breastfeeding burns calories, and nursing your baby on demand certainly contributes to weight loss. Nursing mothers also have an additional reason to eat healthily, so breastfeeding contributes to weight loss in several ways. There is no need to consume additional calories when you are nursing, but it is important to focus on eating high-quality foods.
  • You can safely go on a weight loss diet about two months after birth if you are breastfeeding (that’s when your milk supply is safely established), and as soon as you have recovered from birth if you formula feed. It is best to stick at losing no more than 1.5 lbs a week.
  • Why not enjoy bonding with your baby while you work on getting fit? A vigorous walk with your baby in a stroller or in a baby carrier definitely contributes to your overall health. You can do this anywhere around your neighborhood, at the mall, or in the woods.
  • Mother and baby yoga or pilates classes are another wonderful option for postpartum moms. Again, new mothers get to have fun with their babies while also working on losing that post-pregnancy flab.

It can be really hard to find time to exercise alone when you have a newborn. But remember that three ten minute sessions make a full half hour! You can find good exercise videos online, and you can workout at home without any equipment when your baby naps, or your partner is holding her.

Remember, during pregnancy, the abdominal muscles open up to accommodate your growing baby. If you start doing abdominal exercises like ab crunches too early, diastasis recti can turn into a permanent feature of your body.


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It is, therefore, a good idea to wait until your six-week postpartum check up or until your doctor gives you the green light before starting this kind of work out.

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