There are two types of weight loss after pregnancy: the natural elimination of the extra body fluids that accompanies delivery and voluntary fat loss that consists of the accelerated burning of the fat deposits. With delivery, the body begins to adapt to the normal condition. In addition to eliminating blood and amniotic fluid, the water retention in the tissues will go away, and you’ll sweat and urinate a lot. In less than two weeks you’ll lose around 15 pounds.
If you still remain with fat surplus, you should consider dieting and exercising once you recover. After delivery, the postpartum period should be a time of rest both physically and intellectually. You’ve been through a lot of stress, you are still adjusting to being a mother, and getting used to caring for the baby, not to mention that you wake up several times per night to breastfeed or nurse the baby. Even if you have help, this is still a difficult time in your life.
Weight loss after pregnancy can start the moment you have recovered, and you feel really strong and well. Despite the sense of well being, you should not exaggerate with training. Start with gradual training workouts and increase intensity progressively. Thus, your system will go through an adjustment phase and weight loss after pregnancy will be gentle and efficient. Have a balanced diet and drink plenty of water.
Breastfeeding moms should pay great attention to their nutrition because their body is still under a lot of stress. For example, your diet ought to include a considerable amount of dairy products so that you have plenty of calcium to give to the baby. Talk to your doctor because he/she will know what to recommend both for breastfeeding and for weight loss after pregnancy.
In case you decide to join a gym, it is practical to enroll for programs designed for new moms. There are even baby sitting services available with some facilities. An alternative to gym workouts, is home exercising, swimming, cycling or jogging. As long as you feel good while exercising, any form of weight loss after pregnancy will be fine. Just make sure to keep the exercises within the comfort limits so as not to over-stimulate the body.