Losing-weight post partum is a significant challenge for new mothers, especially for those who gained excessive weight during pregnancy.
Excess worry and sleepless nights can also lead to weight gain. If you find yourself exhausted with your child’s demands, nappy-changing and other work around the house, find yourself a help. You can also ask someone to watch over your baby during the night, so you can sleep for 4-5 hours at a stretch. This will avoid weight gain related to exhaustion, stress and post-partum depression.
If you are breast feeding your baby, you cannot jump to rigorous exercise regimen to lose weight but there are plenty of things that you can do to get back your pre-pregnancy figure. Discussed below are some of the ways through which you can manage your weight after delivery.
Breast-feed your baby. Breast milk is the most wholesome food for your baby. In addition, it helps you to lose significant amount of body weight as your body takes up significant amount of calories to manufacture milk. Nurse your baby for at least 6 months. This will keep both you and your baby healthy.
Don’t resort to dieting while breast feeding. While you are nursing your baby, your calorie requirement remains high. But this does not mean, you should consume fried or high-calorie junk food. You should focus on taking healthy home-cooked meals.
Make efforts to consume healthy nutritious foods. Include more fruits and vegetables in your diet. This will provide adequate nutrition and calories for breast-feeding and take care of constipation, which is a common complaint of women post partum. Also, drink lots of water. When you are breast-feeding, you’ll need more water to keep yourself hydrated.
Take up some exercise. While you are breast-feeding, you can take up light exercises such as walk and simple yoga. This will help you to lose some weight without straining your body.
Don’t resort to slimming pills yet. Until you are breastfeeding you should not resort to quick weight loss measures such as diet pills and fat burners. Though these medications are said to be herbal and safe, it is not known whether the medication is excreted in the breast milk.