Your body gained its pregnancy weight for nine whole months and even if you are desperate to look a prim and proper mom, opting for a crash diet will be detrimental for you and your baby’s health. You cannot expect a miraculous drop in your weight and require giving it at least 10 months to 1 year’s time to return to the pre-pregnancy stage. Gradual weight loss with the help of breastfeeding accompanied by a balanced, nutritious diet and exercise can on the other hand be beneficial for you, while ensuring your baby is getting his right proportion of nutrients.
- Breastfeeding your baby whenever he or she demands is a great way to do away with the calories as demand-fed infants tend to be more frequent with their food timings, thus causing you to lose more too.
- Eat frequent, small meals. If you are getting hunger pangs, never avoid them. If you witness hunger pangs too often, chances are you had carbohydrates which got burned down fast. Therefore, try supplementing some meals or snacks with protein to keep hunger at bay at least for some time.
- Watch out how much saturated or Trans fat you are consuming. Avoid having those pastries and sugary cookies, although occasional treats are permissible. While resorting to low-fat milk instead of whole milk will perfectly suffice for your breast milk supply and weight loss regime, the amount of oil in cooking is also something to keep a tab on.
- Exercises comprising strength training, cardio and stretching will help build up lean muscles which in turn will lead to faster weight loss.
- Once your baby is about 2 months and if you wish to start weaning gradually, start curbing your total calorie intake a day by only 100 calories. It is however, more beneficial, both for you and baby if you can continue breastfeeding up to 6 months of your baby’s age. Whenever you plan to wean, cutting down on your calories slowly is important since your body no longer would need the additional calories to supply milk.
What if there are no significant changes in weight
If however, you do not witness any significant drop in your weight after about 6 to 7 months post pregnancy in spite of breastfeeding and proper diet, it might be because of a medical complication. You can go on a stricter diet and a more intense exercise regime to check whether they work. Whether you lose weight or not, the fact remains your baby got his share of best nutrition that you could provide through your breast milk and thereby obtained a strong foundation.