As a mother, the first few weeks after delivery are a continual cycle of breastfeeding, changing diapers and cleaning up.
Time to take up naps, let alone working out is barely enough thus there is the anxiety of weight loss after pregnancy.
How much weight should you gain during pregnancy?
Averagely a woman gains between 25 to pounds during pregnancy and can lose up to 12 pounds during delivery.
However, weight gain depends on pre-pregnancy weight and Body Mass Index (BMI). Your health is also crucial so as your baby’s.
According to Mayo Clinic Health specialist, the table below shows weight variants for women before and post pregnancy.
The rest of the pounds is from the breast tissues, the placenta, enlarged uterus, the baby, fat tissues and increased blood volume.
After giving birth, it’s every woman’s dream to lose the excess weight gain.
How do you go about losing that weight?
We have heard stories of women who lost baby weight within six weeks after delivery while others it takes around six or more months.
The fact of the matter is weight loss requires commitment and will power. For some, the weight loss may be quicker and others it requires time and dedication.
How to burn Fat without going the gym?
Through breastfeeding, a hormone called oxytocin is released, which helps in contracting the uterus to its normal size. Breastfeeding can shed up to 500 calories per day. The calories depend on the amount of milk you produce.
Drink Plenty of Water:
Take in at least eight glasses of water per day. Water helps flush off unwanted toxins from your body and makes you feel fuller thus keeping away cravings since your tummy feels full. Next time you’re tempted to eat that cake grab a glass of water and see the trick work.
Take a walk:
Strolling your baby is an excellent way to burn fat. A walk will be good for you and the baby. Babies enjoy clean, fresh air. The stroller having a few pounds in it as you push, help in burning calories. So, enjoy your walk as you lose weight.
Taking a swim twice a week helps maintain a healthy weight and tones the muscles
When you are under stress, you tend to eat more than usual. When stressed, our bodies releases hormones that make us crave for carbohydrates and starchy foods. Have some time for yourself to relax, practice deep breaths and take one day at a time.
Eat plenty of Fibre:
Fibre foods help in keeping you fuller and are lower in fat and sugar. For example, eat more vegetables and fruits help you keep a healthy diet.
Play with your baby for easy weight loss:
Lifting your baby up in a repetitive movement helps exercise your triceps thus burning up calories.
Good nutrition and physical work out play a significant role in weight loss after pregnancy. All you need is determination and focus on the goal of losing weight naturally without dieting.
Enjoy your workout.