7 Ways to Lose Post Pregnancy Weight And Stay Fit

| October 21, 2019 | 2 Comments

7 Ways to Lose Post Pregnancy Weight And Stay Fit

Post pregnancy weight, also known as baby fat, is the extra weight a woman’s body accumulates during and after pregnancy. A lot of moms have trouble with this, and struggling to fit back into those jeans can be more mentally challenging than it really looks like. It’s so easy to compare ourselves with other moms and celebrity moms, but every mother’s body is different! Some barely put on weight during pregnancy, while for others it could be 30 pounds or more.

7 Ways to Lose Post Pregnancy Weight And Stay Fit
Woman looking at a baby

Losing baby fat is not the same as losing the usual body fat. There are certain things to be considered when thinking of how to shed baby fat, and working according to what your body requires is key. It would take you a few months of watching what you eat and exercising to put off post pregnancy weight if you started at a normal weight and gained 20-30 pounds after pregnancy. It would take up to a year or longer if you were initially overweight and gained more than 35 pounds to shed baby fat, which could stick with you for a long time if you don’t take it off.

Here are a few tips to get off post pregnancy weight and stay fit:

1.Breastfeed Your Baby

Studies have shown that mothers who breastfed their babies have put off weight faster than some mothers who didn’t. Mind you, this hasn’t been clinically proven, but it’s definitely worth applying.

2.Exercise

Endeavour to make time to exercise, talk a walk, do some body stretching, cardio, workout, or whatever kind of exercise your body can take at each stage after the arrival of your baby.

3.Avoid Strict Dieting

As much as it might make sense to diet after your baby arrives, don’t do it! Putting your body through the mental stress of worrying about what to eat and how to avoid craving for your favourite meals will only make you add more weight. It is also unhealthy for your body, so don’t take the fast lane this time around!

7 Ways to Lose Post Pregnancy Weight And Stay Fit

4.Sleep Properly

When you don’t get enough sleep, your body suffers. It’s advisable to get a minimum of 6-8 hours sleep to prevent yourself from getting exhausted.

5.Drink Lot of Water

Drinking lots of water keeps you hydrated and filled up, that way you don’t eat as much as you would without enough water. It also speeds up your metabolism by assisting in flushing out toxins from your body.

7 Ways to Lose Post Pregnancy Weight And Stay Fit
Lemons and limes in a glass of water.

6.Consume Less Calories and Fat

Eat foods richly packed with the nutrients needed by your body and less calories. Foods like fish, yogurt, milk, lean meat, and lots of proteins are great for your body.

7.Eat Healthy Snacks

Healthy snacking is very important because as a nursing mom you get hungry often, so it’s important that you have something to snack on at hand. Stocking your home with snacks like nuts, cut vegetables, fruits, and yogurts helps you stay healthy.

Being healthy will help your enjoy more time with your baby and will make you feel good about yourself. Remember most moms add more weight after childbirth and it is perfectly normal, so cut yourself some slack!

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Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Great points made here, I do think that breast feeding helps. I had no trouble losing weight after each of mine was born. Now in old age it’s much more difficult to lose the extra pounds. I guess running around after 7 kids, keeping a garden going nicely etc. kept the pounds off.

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Another point I’d like to make is not to go on a diet if you are breast feeding as this will also affect your milk supply.

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