You could be lucky. I was – just once. When my eldest was born, I actually weighed 10 pounds less than I had when I conceived him. That’s not something you can count on, though, and I can tell you that from experience as well. Most women start their lives as a new mom with an extra 8 to 15 pounds that they didn’t have pre-baby.
One good reason for that is that God “designed” our bodies with nurture in mind. The weight that you gained during pregnancy is meant to provide nourishment for your baby after birth. Didn’t you know that a pregnant woman, needs at least 300 extra calories a day? Yes and that is just to keep up with the nutritional demands of growing baby. A mom who breastfeeds her baby, needs at least 500 calories a day! This is to be able to produce enough milk for her baby and for her bodily needs too.
Now, how is this related to losing that awful post pregnancy weight? Here’s how:
- A breastfeeding mom though eating double as if still pregnant, in fact, is still eating for 2. Her newborn baby gets all the nutrients from the mom, therefore, aside from satisfying her hunger, still needs to satisfy her baby. With that, a mom will automatically burn all those extra calories therefore accompanied by losing weight. Non-breastfeeding moms, won’t find losing weight that easy though. Since, the baby isn’t sucking all those nutrients, all that she eats remains in her body.
- Exercising will be easier than ever. It somehow contradicts to what was said above but this time, it will be much easier to lose post-pregnancy weight than never been pregnant. Just an hour of walk around the park will help burn 200 calories. Bring your baby to the part and walking while pushing a stroller will burn calories even more.
- Carrying the baby up and down the stairs, in the park or just beating time while walking, will burn those stubborn fats too
- Do some normal routine exercise an hour every day will help also.
- Normal nutritional diet will do wonders for that bulging tummy.
You don’t have to lose weight drastically after giving birth. Somehow, you need that long awaited rest after carrying a ton inside you. try to moderate everything and don’t rush in losing weight because that will affect your breastfeeding routine. You don’t have to be stressed, coz when you are, the baby will feel it and will be stressed too.
Just aim at losing a pound or two a week. You’ll be amazed at how fast you can go back to wearing that skinny jeans in no time. A mom does high-energy tasks, thus losing weight won’t be a problem.