Losing Weight After Pregnancy

Losing Weight After Pregnancy

You could be lucky. I was - just once. When my middle daughter was born I actually weighed 10 pounds less than I had when I'd conceived her. That's not something you can count on,​ though,​ and I can tell you that from experience as​ well. Most women start their lives as​ a​ new mom with an​ extra 8 to​ 15 pounds that they didn't have pre-baby.

There's a​ very good reason for that. God designed our bodies with nurture in​ mind. Part of​ that weight that you put on​ during pregnancy was meant to​ nurture your baby AFTER birth. While your body requires an​ extra 300 calories a​ day to​ keep up with the​ nutritional demands of​ your baby during pregnancy,​ a​ breastfeeding mother requires at​ least 500 extra calories a​ day to​ produce enough milk and remain healthy. Your body stores up a​ little extra nutrition for after the​ birth just in​ case there isn't enough food for its needs when it's time to​ feed the​ new little critter.

If you're breastfeeding,​ that's part of​ the​ good news. You'll automatically be burning an​ extra five hundred calories a​ day - which will make it​ considerably easier for you to​ lose the​ extra weight. in​ fact,​ you may not need to​ do anything special at​ all to​ lose weight. Just focus on​ eating a​ normal,​ healthy,​ well-balanced diet. if​ you're not breastfeeding,​ you won't find it​ quite as​ easy. Your focus should still be on​ healthy eating,​ with moderate exercise to​ burn extra calories.

Here's more good news for new mothers. Exercising is​ easier. Actually,​ that's not quite right. Burning more calories is​ easier. Walking alone for an​ hour burns 200 calories. Walking while pushing a​ stroller ups that figure considerably. Push a​ stroller uphill,​ and it's even higher. You'll get extra duty out of​ things you never thought of​ like lifting the​ stroller and car seat in​ and out of​ the​ car,​ carrying the​ baby up and down stairs and just plain carrying the​ baby.

Still. if​ you find yourself with stubborn pounds that simply won't come off,​ exercise and a​ moderate reduction in​ calories is​ the​ way to​ go. Just like pregnancy isn't the​ time for weight loss,​ just after pregnancy isn't the​ time to​ stress your body further with severe dietary restrictions. Aim for losing about a​ pound a​ week,​ though chances are you'll find it​ coming off faster than that. Being a​ mom is​ a​ high-energy proposition!

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