Weight Loss After Pregnancy

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 08/31/2023

Some people might find it easy to lose weight after pregnancy while others might not find it to be the easiest thing. This may affect their overall self-esteem and may cause them to lose confidence. Most mothers reason that they rarely have enough time to enroll into an exercise program to help them lose weight because the baby requires so much attention. However, for most mothers, it only takes them a couple of months to lose the extra weight if they gain the recommended weight during pregnancy.

If unfortunately you were overweight before pregnancy or you gained more than the recommended weight during pregnancy, then it would take much longer for you to shed off the extra weight. It is understandable that every mother wants to look like they used to before they gained the pregnancy weight. Therefore, it is important to lose the weight in a healthy manner.

The following are some of the tips that mothers who are battling with post pregnancy weight can use to get rid of the extra weight:

  • The first thing that they should do is avoid going on diets. Contrary to popular belief, going on a diet will not help you lose weight. The best approach is to eat healthier foods that are rich in nutrients. Eat foods that are not processed or contain artificial additives or flavors. Ensure that you take the normal 1800 calories per day especially if you are breastfeeding.
  • Even though it is still under debate, breastfeeding is believed to reduce the extra weight. Studies conducted show that mothers who breastfeed have a higher chance of losing weight after pregnancy than those who do not. In addition, breastfeeding is important to the baby because it gives the necessary nutrients and boosts the immune system.
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