Many women want to start slimming down after giving birth to their baby, but is it a good idea to dive right into a weight loss routine right away? Or, should you wait? Well, it is a good idea to wait a bit before putting your body through the process of losing all of the baby weight. Continue reading to find out how long you should wait to safely start weight loss after birth.

Weight Loss After Birth: The Basics 

First off, it’s important to understand that you won’t return to your pre-baby weight in a short span of time. This is a process that will take time, so you need to be patient as you approach weight loss after birth.

In fact, according to MedlinePlus, it’s best to plan on getting back to your pre-pregnancy weight anywhere from six months to a year after you have delivered your baby. Sure, you’ll lose around half of your baby weight by around six weeks after giving birth, but the remainder will need to be shed over the course of months.

Why Should You Wait a Bit When It Comes to Weight Loss After Birth? 

The fact is that your body has been through a lot during your pregnancy, as well as during childbirth. So, you need to give yourself plenty of time to fully recover before you put yourself through a tough diet and exercise routine with the intention of losing all of the weight right away. Remember, it took a while to pack on those extra pounds as your baby grew in your belly. So, it will also take some time for you to get rid of the excess weight. It’s totally normal!

What happens if you end up losing too many pounds too quickly after having a baby?

Well, it might actually cause your body to need even more time to recover. You definitely don’t want that! You want to be back to feeling amazing, and you want to be able to focus on taking complete care of your baby, after all.

Note: Weight loss should be gradual (think: 1.5 pounds per week)

Bottom Line: Wait Six Weeks Before Tackling Weight Loss After Birth 

Wait six weeks, and have your checkup with your doctor, who should clear you for exercise. However, if you are going to be breastfeeding your baby, it’s better to wait a minimum of two months before dieting to slim down. Then, come up with your plan to shed pounds. You can work with your physician to get some advice that can work for you, but ultimately, it’s up to you to eat right and exercise.