After giving birth, you will be 100% focused on your newborn, but you might also start thinking about weight loss, and what you can do to get your pre-pregnancy body back. Before you get carried away, however, what are the things that you should know about weight loss with a newborn? Is it actually a good idea to go ahead and start trying to slim down so soon after you have delivered your baby?
These are all questions that are frequently asked by moms, so you are not alone if you are having these thoughts and concerns. And, that is why we are here to help. We cover all of this information below to help you make wiser decisions that can help ensure your health, as well as the health of your precious bundle of joy.
Know What to Expect Right After Giving Birth
According to Mayo Clinic, there are several things that you should anticipate after you give birth, particularly when it comes to weight loss with a newborn. You might be surprised to find that you will immediately shed some pounds by simply giving birth. Then, it’s a matter of knowing what to expect, and knowing what to do, after that so you can begin working towards your pre-baby body.
Here is some helpful info to get you started:
- The majority of mothers will end up shedding roughly 13 pounds when they have their baby. This 13 pounds will include the baby’s weight, as well as the weight of the amniotic fluid and the placenta. So, right away, you can anticipate that you will be on your way to shedding the baby weight, and that’s good news!
- In the first week after you have had your baby, you will actually continue losing weight without trying. What will you lose? Well, your body will start to get rid of any retained fluids. So, as you step on the scale, you will notice that you are weighing less, little by little.
- The thing that you need to focus on is the fat that your body ended up storing while you were pregnant. This is the baby weight that you will need to work on getting rid of because your body won’t do it all on its own.
Tip: If you are debating whether or not to breastfeed your baby, consider that this simple act can help you shed your pregnancy pounds more quickly and easily. Basically, when you breastfeed your baby, your body uses fat cells that have been stored throughout pregnancy. Plus, your body will also use up calories in order to produce the milk that feeds your little one. So, if you want to make losing the baby weight a little easier, and you want to feed your baby the best food, definitely think about breastfeeding.
How much can you expect to lose after having a baby?
Basically, if you are combining the best of a good diet and physical activity after giving birth, you can expect to shed up to 1 pound a week. This is about the same amount that experts generally recommend losing when it comes to safe weight loss. That’s because, typically, it’s a good idea to keep your weight loss to around just 1 or 2 pounds per week. Remember, losing weight too fast can lead to unwanted side effects and imbalances, and the same holds true after you have given birth.
How long will it take to achieve your weight loss goals after having a baby?
This is a difficult question to answer because every woman is different, and there are so many factors involved in how much weight you will lose, how quickly you will lose it, and whether or not you will ever reach your exact pre-baby weight. However, it is a good idea to anticipate that it could take around half of a year to a full year to get back to what your weight was before you had your baby.
Is It a Good Idea to Work Towards Weight Loss with a Newborn?
Now that we have gotten the basics out of the way, and you have a better idea of what to, generally, expect when it comes to weight loss after having a baby, the question is: should you attempt to lose weight while your baby is still a newborn?
The answer is, yes, you can work towards weight loss with a newborn. Of course, it will depend on your energy level, and how much sleep and rest you can get for yourself while you are busy taking care of your son or daughter.
Even small and simple steps — such as eating natural and wholesome meals to get the calories you need (especially if you are breastfeeding) – will certainly add up. If you weren’t eating healthy before giving birth, now is a great time to change your ways, as doing so can put you on track towards shedding the baby weight sooner rather than later.
Another thing to consider is that you don’t really need to wait months before exercising again after you have given birth. Sure, there are going to be many workouts that are not possible right after delivery, and while you are still tired from taking care of a newborn. And, it is best to wait a while before going back to your pre-baby workout schedule and routine. It will definitely take a slow and steady approach! But, there are many exercises that you can do right away, and those include abdominal bracing and kegels. Also, if you want to take short walks with your newborn, this is a nice way to keep your body moving and burning calories so you can be well on your way towards shedding the weight.
Ask Your Doctor for Advice!
When it comes to weight loss with a newborn, it is always best to consult with your physician for advice. While you might be able to start losing some weight right away, and you might even be able to do some really gentle exercises too, there are going to be things that you will not be able to do. You will also need to take things slow and be patient. Working with your physician can give you the guidance that you need to keep your own body healthy, as well as keep your baby healthy. Then, once your newborn is a little older and you can return to your regular exercise routine, you can focus even more on eliminating those last few pounds.