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I've never been small and have struggled with weight loss for as long as I can remember. I was already overweight before becoming pregnant with Charlie. What's worse is that I never lost the weight that I gained with Charlie's pregnancy before finding out I was pregnant with Owen. I started Owen's pregnancy at about 225 lbs and weighed about 240 when he arrived. At my 6-week check-up post-Owen, I was already at 215. That was amazing for me!
Like most moms, I'm still struggling with losing the weight after baby and getting to where I want to be.
Be Realistic & Don't Rush It
You just had a baby. Or… maybe it was 16 months ago. If you're immediately thinking about getting your pre-baby body back, think again. Your body needs time to recover from childbirth. If you're like me and had c-sections, your midsection will hate you for quite awhile. If you're in too much of a rush to lose weight after childbirth, it could take you longer to recover. At your 6-week checkup, talk to your doctor about losing the baby weight.
A healthy weight loss is about 1-2 lbs a week.
You may not be able to return to your exact pre-pregnancy weight or shape. I now have a scar where the boys were pulled out and a gut that I'm not thrilled about. Those muscles will never quite be the same, but I have realistic expectations for my new postnatal body.
Breastfeeding was definitely a big part of the reason I lost so much weight after Owen. Breastfeeding makes your body burn calories and you'll probably be surprised at how much weight you'll lose while just breastfeeding. If you're breastfeeding, you'll want to lose weight slowly. Weight loss that happens too fast can actually make you produce less milk.
I know that skipping meals seems like a good idea, but it's not. If you don't eat, you won't have energy. You need energy to lose weight (and take care of babies)! Eat 5 or 6 smaller meals throughout the day with healthy snacks (like fruits and vegetables) in-between. As a breastfeeding mom, I know we're always hungry.
Sit down at the dinner table and eat as a family. When you eat in front of the tv, you mindlessly eat and don't realize the amount you're actually eating.
Drink plenty of water! Drinking water helps flush out fat as you're losing weight. All of that water helps your breast milk supply too!
A healthy diet combined with regular exercise is the best way to shed those pounds. Exercise will help you lose the fat instead of muscle. Once you have the green light from your doctor to exercise, eat a little less and get moving a little more. Don't overdo it!
Walking around with baby (or babies) in a stroller is a great way to add some exercise to your daily routine. I can't wait until the weather warms up a bit more and I can toss the boys in the double stroller or wagon and walk around the neighborhood.
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