Pregnancy results in weight gain in most women, as their bodies are now nourishing both themselves and their little ones. Many new mothers begin to feel self-conscious about this increase in size after their little bundle of joy is born, however, and are determined to slim down as soon as possible after. The average amount of weight gained during pregnancy is between 25 to 35 pounds, and most women lose it within 6-12 months of giving birth. Some of the ways in which new mothers achieve this weight loss, sooner rather than later, are:
1. Light Physical Activity
Sleepless nights, the stress placed on the body during pregnancy and childbirth and the added responsibility of having a newborn makes it difficult for most new moms to develop a regular exercise routine in the first few months after giving birth. Light physical activity at this stage, however, is extremely helpful when it comes to dropping those excess pounds. Walking is one of the easiest and most effective ways to exercise with a newborn. In addition, many health clubs have begun to offer ‘mommy and me’classes, or provide a babysitting service for short periods while new mothers work out.
2. Healthy Eating
While it can be tempting for overwhelmed mothers to grab a high carb snack, whenever they begin to have a craving, it is essential for them to ensure they are eating healthily right after giving birth. In addition to helping speed up weight loss, it aids in the body’s recovery and provides your baby with proper nutrients (when breastfeeding). Fish that have high amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids, aid in the development of your baby’s brain and nervous system, and boosts mum’s metabolism. Milk and yogurt are high in calcium needed for bone and teeth development, and lean protein helps to keep you full for a longer period of time while facilitating healthy muscle, tissue and organ growth.
It is a common saying that ‘breast is best’when it comes to feeding your newborn, as it helps to boost their immunity and provide them with all the nutrients they need for the first six months of their lives. It is also extremely beneficial in enhancing the bond between mother and child. In addition, breastfeeding can burn up to 850 extra calories per day, and contribute significantly to losing the weight which was gained while pregnant.
4. Weight Loss Supplements
Supplements should never be taken by nursing women because the ingredients that many of them contain, such as caffeine, are too harsh for a newborn’s sensitive system. For those mothers that are not breastfeeding, however, weight loss supplements can help return them to their pre-pregnancy weight before long. Popular products include: Hydroxycut, an over-the-counter brand that comes in several forms and helps to suppress the appetite and Slimfast, which consists of low-calorie, high protein meal replacements and healthy snacks.
Becoming a parent vastly increases the amount of responsibilities most people have, and mothers are almost always tempted to do their other chores once the baby is taking a nap. Getting a sufficient amount of rest is very important for losing weight, however, as our bodies repair themselves while we are asleep. An inadequate amount of sleep also causes in the stress hormone, cortisol, in our bodies which is associated with weight gain. New mothers should make sleeping one of their priorities, and can do so by asking family members to assist with night feeds and other responsibilities whenever possible.