Many women notice that as soon as they have a baby, people begin questioning them about how long it will take them to return to their normal weight. In a culture that is filled with people who suffer from obesity and high BMIs, we are a little bit obsessed with weight. The faster a woman can drop back down to her pre-pregnancy weight the happier she is supposed to be. Of course, every woman loses weight at a different rate. The following suggestions will help you if you’re trying to lose weight after pregnancy.
Different from other kinds of weight loss, losing weight after being pregnant works the best if you eat when you are hungry. Usually, when you are in the middle of nursing a newborn baby, you desire specific foods on the account of those foods containing the some essential nutrients. Don’t abash your cravings. Instead indulge them! This is quite a bit less distressful than forbidding yourself some of the foods you really want to be eating. You will be a lot more blissful and this will make it a lot easier for you to contend with the new obligations of parenthood.
How much weight did you gain during pregnancy? This can be kind of a sensitive question for a lot of women. You can be sure that what you weighed before will have some bearing on what you will weigh after. If you were in the “normal” range for weight and gained the recommended amount of weight given to you by your doctor, you shouldn’t have any problems dropping pounds. If however you were overweight prior to pregnancy it can be harder to drop that weight. You will be among those who have to work hard at losing the weight. Your first step in taking off those pregnancy pounds should be to discuss your options with your doctor.
Going on a diet is not the solution! This may not be what you’d expect to hear. Diets, however, can limit the nutrients you are getting, and this isn’t a good idea when you’ve just given birth. Limiting your food intake or cutting out specific foods can work against your weight loss. Plus, you have enough to deal with as a new Mother without your having to worry about calorie intake or reading food labels.
This is not the time for you to be putting rigid restrictions on your diet or depriving yourself of your favorite foods. You should eat what seems natural, and you will lose the weight anyway!
Some women hold onto their baby weight longer than others. Whereas in other situations, you can lose weight by the simple “fewer calories, more exercise” formula, in this case you have to be more cautious. Your new baby gives you a whole new set of concerns that you didn’t have before.
For right now, then, when you think about losing weight, you have to keep your own health, and that of your baby, in mind. You will lose the weight, so don’t let it stress you out!