Losing pregnancy weight is a common goal of all postpartum mums in order to get back in shape and to keep your body functioning at its optimum rate. However, you have to always ask yourself, how much weight loss is too much?
If you’ve had vaginal birth, doctors and postpartum experts will usually recommend taking up to six weeks of rest before starting on your weight loss plans and postpartum exercises. Alternatively, if you’ve had a C-section, the general recommendation would be to wait until you are fully recovered – which can be a few months- before initiating your exercise plans.
Remember that during the first few weeks after giving birth, your first priority is to bond with your baby, enjoy being a mum, repair your body and recover from the stresses of a caesarean delivery, an episiotomy, or tearing during delivery.
When you do feel 100% ready to lose weight make sure you aim for a healthy weight loss, aim at shaving off 500g per week after your initial postpartum period. You can click here to read about the best time to start the weight loss too
The female body typically needs at least 1,400 – 1,500 calories per day to maintain its weight, and a recovering postpartum mum should have enough calories to sufficiently nourish yourself and your newborn. If you’re planning on breastfeeding your child, your body will need an extra 500 calories a day to continue producing milk. Although you are aiming to lose baby weight by cutting down on calories, make sure that you do not overdo it as you will still need it to preserve your energy and vitality.
Severely cutting down your calories can also result in your recovering body’s perceived state of starvation and will eventually cause you to eat more than you need to, which will directly slow down your weight loss plans.
Excessive and sudden weight loss can also affect your body’s thyroid function and slow down your metabolism which will throw-off your weight loss goals. To avoid postpartum complications, carefully set your weight loss plans and take your time to lose that baby weight. Maintain a good intake of protein, vegetables, grains and drink plenty of water to ensure cell regeneration and to keep your body hydrated.
If you are ready to lose weight then the Lose Baby Weight plans offer a healthy and safe exercise and diet routine that are safe in breastfeeding and can help support your milk supply
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