Now that your new baby is here, you have a lot to think about: when to feed her, what to do if she cries and how to get rid of those extra pounds you packed on during your pregnancy.
If you started out at a normal weight and gained the 25-35 pounds your doctor probably recommended, it shouldn’t take you more than a couple of months to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight if you watch what you eat and exercise.
If on the other hand, you were overweight before your pregnancy or you put on more weight than your doctor advised, it could take much longer up to a year to get the weight off. Any baby weight you don’t take off could stick with you for a long time.
Drinking plenty of water throughout the day prevents you from getting dehydrated. It also fills you up so that you don’t eat as much, and some research has found that it may speed up your metabolism.
Diet is important, but it’s only one part of your post-pregnancy weight loss plan. You also need to incorporate aerobic and strength training exercises after pregnancy to burn calories and keep your muscles and bones strong.
Load Up On “Super Foods.”
When you’re a new mother, your body needs maximum nutrition, especially if you’re nursing. Choose foods that are heavy in the nutrients you need and light in calories and fat.
Fish is one of these “super foods” because it’s packed with DHA, an essential omega-3 fatty acid that helps your newborn develop a healthy brain and nervous system. Milk and yogurt are also superfoods because they’re high in the calcium you need to keep your bones strong. And don’t forget the protein. They’re good for you, and they’ll keep you feeling full longer.
Get Some Sleep.
It may seem impossible to get a full eight hours of sleep when you have a baby summoning you like clockwork throughout the night, but being sleep deprived could make it harder for you to shed the baby weight. When you’re tired, your body releases cortisol and other stress hormones that can promote weight gain.
Ask for help.
If you’re struggling to lose the weight, enlist the help of your doctor and a dietitian. The dietitian can help you design an eating plan that will let you lose weight safely and effectively while the doctor can guide you on how much weight you need to lose and when you can start exercising.
Originally from Webdmd.com