There is so much to do after the birth of a new baby that you might not have much time to think about anything else. However, if you are like millions of other women that gained 30 pounds or more during your pregnancy, there is probably a little voice in the back of your mind imploring you to take a little time for yourself and start to lose some of that weight. If you are patient and persistent, you can slim down and be back to your pre-pregnancy weight before you know it. The following tips will help you get started on your weight loss journey.
Do not restrict yourself to certain foods or try to go on a specialized diet. Simply focus on eating good, healthy food, and you will start to shed the weight. In particular, try to have as many healthy snacks available as you can. If you get the urge to eat something while you are up for a late night feeding, you want your only options to be things like apple slices and carrots. Also, keep in mind that you need to eat at least 1800 calories a day if you are breastfeeding. Try to watch your calories too closely could be detrimental to both you and your baby.
While breastfeeding is a personal choice, it is important to remember that it can help you lose a lot of your pregnancy weight (and it is also great for your baby!). Breastfeeding burns a lot of calories, and it also helps your baby's immunity. As long as you continue to eat normal, healthy meals while you are breastfeeding, you should see the weight begin to slide off shortly after you and your baby come home from the hospital.
Find ways to stay active. While you may be overwhelmed at home with a newborn, remember that fresh air is good for both of you. Dedicate yourself to taking the baby for a 30 minute walk each day. If you can't be out for that long, go for two or three shorter walks each day so that you hit the half hour mark. You could also pick up a few workout videos and get a little exercise right from home while your baby is napping. Make sure, though, that you talk to your doctor to discuss whether your body is ready before starting any exercise regimen.
Try to get as much rest as possible. If you are overly tired, you may have more trouble losing weight. While you don't always have control over how much rest you are receiving (newborns can be demanding!), talk to your partner and see if they will help you get a solid block of sleep each night. If you pump a bottle before bed, your partner can get up with the baby for one feeding, hopefully giving your four or five hours of uninterrupted rest.
With a bit of work, you will be back to your pre-pregnancy weight before you know it. Use the tips in this article to speed up your progress toward your goals.