It is imperative that you lose weight after you deliver your baby. After all, you gain anywhere from 25 to 35 pounds in the 9 months of your pregnancy and not all of that contributes to the child’s weight. However eager you are to shed those pounds you must do so very cautiously else you will harm your body. Remember that if you are still breastfeeding then you need the extra weight and must loose it steadily. It is normal to lose that weight and acquire your pre-pregnancy weight and shape in a few months.
Don’t try to follow in the footsteps of a page 6 mom, that’s unrealistic. It takes 6 months for you to fit into your skinny jeans that you wore before getting pregnant. The key is to eating healthy. Remember that you now have new commitments and a new lifestyle. The time that you had earlier to spend on yourself and your leisure activities may diminish or may be non- existent for a few months.
Exercise when your body is physically ready to do so. The physical stress that your body goes through in labor leaves you exhausted for weeks on end not to mention the fact that you make have had a few stitches as well. I would personally advice not starting an exercise regime until you consult your gynecologist. If you are a first timer then your body will take 2 to 3 months to gain its strength back. Once you return to your normal periods then you are ready to begin exercising.
You should aim at loosing just 1 pound a week, anything more than that is unrealistic and harmful. A few tips that you can follow to shed your pounds would be not dieting for the first 3 months but eating a healthy well balanced diet. After 3 months start you exercise regime by walking. Take your baby along in her stroller; it’s a good exercise for you and an extremely gratifying sensation for the baby. It also helps in bonding.
Eat several smaller meals per day in order to maintain your energy levels. This is especially true if you are breastfeeding. And most importantly be patient. If it took you nine months to gain the weight, it can take you the same amount of time to loose it. Relax, be patient and enjoy your new body and life.