For new mothers or women having their second or third child, it can be difficult to lose weight. During pregnancy, you gain at least 25 to 35 pounds of additional weight in order to provide the essential nutrients to feed the growing baby. Some women have been known to gain significant weight by eating unhealthy foods.
One of easiest ways to lose excess weight is through breast feeding. After breast feeding your child in the first six months to a year, your body will gradually lose a significant portion of what you gained slowly. During this time, you should concentrate on the quality of foods you are eating and to snack on healthy selections like fruits and vegetables. It’s important to remember that what you eat is still what your baby is eating.
After breastfeeding, your child is not dependent on what you are producing but you’re still feeding them! You are probably thinking about their nutrition as well as your own. This puts you in a good mindset to consider what foods are healthy and what foods are not. You can consider starting a diet journal of what both you and your baby are eating to share with your doctors.
There are also other ways to lose weight other than dieting after pregnancy. Doctors suggest drinking plenty of water. Staying hydrated will help you eat less snacks between meals and smaller portions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s also important to get enough sleep. Lastly, stay active! The best diets always include physical activity, even low impact cardio like walking. Slowly but surely you’ll be able to lose the baby weight and feel comfortable and confident in your body again.