Weight gain during pregnancy is a natural phenomenon. ‘Baby weight’ refers to the weight that has gained not only by the growing fetus and the enlarging womb but also the deposition of fat around the abdomen. Losing this weight that has been gained following the delivery of a baby can be quite a task. It can be even more difficult if the woman was overweight prior to getting pregnant.
In this article we shall take a brief look at some of the steps that can be adopted to lose weight after pregnancy.
1. Keep hydrated
Following your pregnancy, it is essential to keep hydrated and prevent dehydration. Constantly drinking fluids can help keep the stomach full and control the amount of unhealthy foods that may be consumed. However, only drink what your body asks you to, and try not to over hydrate yourself.
2. Avoid strict dieting
This may sound as surprising advice but trying to lose weight by following a strict diet can reduce the amount of nutrients that you passed down to your baby through breast milk. While this is not strictly proven, it must also be borne in mind that eating a healthy, nourishing diet is sufficient to allow for slow and natural weight loss rather than a rapid drop in weight. Consuming healthy foods such as plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables are excellent at keeping hunger at bay and making sure the piles come off gradually.
3. Exercise regularly
Yes, regular exercise still works! Cardiovascular training such as aerobics and even strength exercises can help burn calories while maintaining muscle mass and bone strength. Exercises can include a brisk walk, jogging, swimming and cross-training. Exercise also helps keep the mood elevated due to the end of his that are released. This helps the mother handle the stress of looking after a baby a lot more effectively. It is essential that a doctor’s advice on the sought before commencing any exercise program.
4. Continue breastfeeding
Breastfeeding provides the infant with the essential nutrients and fats that are helpful in building up immunity and providing the necessary nutrition. There are conflicting opinions as to whether or not breastfeeding can actually help others lose weight. Even if it doesn’t, it is no reason to stop breastfeeding an infant.
5. Get plenty of rest
Going through pregnancy can be taxing on the body, and looking after an infant can raise stress levels even further. Studies have revealed that new mothers must get over 7 hours of sleep a night in order to lose pregnancy weight.
These are certain basic and simple steps that can help mothers lose the weight they have gained during pregnancy.
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