How to Lose Baby Weight After Pregnancy

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Now that your bundle of joy is here, you may be wondering how to get rid of your baby weight. In as much as gaining weight is a necessity during pregnancy it may affect your self-esteem and bring about health complications.

One of the main reasons you gain weight during pregnancy is due to excess water in the body. This water is used to aid your baby’s air circulation and also for the amniotic fluid.

The extra fat you gain during this period acts as an energy reserve for birth and breastfeeding. However, it is important to know how to lose the baby weight after pregnancy to avoid future ailments.

Below are some tips to help you lose your baby weight.

Set Realistic Goals

Don’t be hard on yourself; you didn’t gain the weight in a day so you shouldn’t expect to lose it fast. Set goals that are in line with your lifestyle.

It is important to listen to your body and know what it needs and what you can do away with.

Exercise and Take Walks

As a new mother, finding time to go to the gym may be challenging. Thanks to the internet there are now tutorials on how to exercise from the comfort of your own home.

Before indulging in any exercise, you should first consult your doctor to get advice on whether your body is strong enough.

In case the doctor advises you not to exercise yet, you may take walks around your home area. This is also a way of burning some calories.

Make Changes to Your Diet Plan

It is not always easy to do away with the unhealthy foodstuff but you can take it one step at a time. Find an alternative for the unhealthy snacks.

For example, if you have white bread in your diet, you can alternate it with wholemeal bread.

A healthy diet can lead to faster weight loss results.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking water has always been linked to weight loss. Water boosts your metabolism and also acts as an appetite suppressant.

Drinking water also assists your body not to retain water hence you end up losing the water weight.

You also get clear glowing skin as a bonus.

Breast Feed your Baby

Breastfeeding is also a way to burn calories. It has many benefits to your child since your milk contains many antibodies. Studies have shown that women who breastfeed lose weight faster.

However, if you’re not able to breastfeed you can always try the other methods that we have discussed.

Get Enough Sleep and Rest

Sleep is important as it’s the body’s way of relaxing. If you don’t get enough sleep you end being fatigued and unable to lose weight.

You may not be able to get enough sleep, especially with a newborn baby. Find ways to rest, you can take naps together with your baby.

Seek Help when Needed

Being a new mum can be challenging, it is advisable to seek help whenever you feel overwhelmed. You can request your husband or someone you trust to watch the baby while you have some alone time.

Do not feel ashamed to ask for help. Being fatigued can lead to postpartum depression.

What next after Losing the Baby Weight?

In whatever pace your body takes to lose the weight, you will eventually attain your goal weight. It is advisable to maintain the same culture you have attained so as not to add the weight back.

Your body may not completely snap back to how it was before pregnancy and that’s okay. Lastly, be patient with yourself.

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Wanjiru Mageria