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What Every New Mom Wants to Know About Postpartum Weight Loss

Updated on October 30, 2012

Many women let themselves go a little bit when they're pregnant. It's not something that you do intentionally; it's just that you're more concerned about what's going on with the baby and how to prepare for having this new person in your life than you are about your own appearance. After all, something as monumental as having a baby can really help you get your priorities in order. But once the delivery has happened and the baby has come out healthy, you might start looking at your own shape again and thinking that it's time to get that baby fat off of your body.

Postpartum weight loss can feel overwhelming for some women. Many suffer from moderate forms of postpartum depression which can make losing weight even more difficult. And even just the general difficulty of fitting in a healthy diet and exercise routine when you've got a baby awake and needing your attention every few hours can feel like a task. But at the same time, once you start to feel more fit again (and more confident in yourself), you start to have more energy which is a benefit to your baby in the long run. So, even though postpartum weight loss can feel difficult, it's a great thing for most women.

The first thing that you should know is that postpartum weight loss typically involves losing somewhere between ten and twenty pounds. That's the amount of excess post-pregnancy weight that's often left on the body after the weight from the delivery has been shed. Some women want to lose more, of course, but often this is a goal that puts them at a weight below what they actually were when they got pregnant. For postpartum weight loss goals to be realistic, you should look first at getting back down to the weight you were at the time of inception. Later, you can try to lose more weight if you so desire.

The next thing to realize about postpartum weight loss is that it's not an overnight thing. It took you nine months to gain that weight, so don't expect it to come off in a week or two. Many women try fad diets to get rid of the weight quickly because they're unhappy with it. These rarely work and are generally not healthy which may even pose a risk to your baby if you are breast-feeding during the time that you are dieting. Instead, plan for postpartum weight loss to take a couple of months, with realistic goals to be achieved throughout that time. Rely on a healthy weight loss plan which includes proper diet and good exercise.

There are many different exercise programs these days that are specifically for postpartum weight loss. Many women go jogging with their babies in the stroller, do exercises at home lifting the baby and even find that their normal daily routine now includes more standard exercise than it did before. Figure out what works for you - and what's going to work for you in the long run - so that your postpartum weight loss can be a long term success.


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    melodyandes 6 years ago

    Interesting hub!

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    sanunewa 7 years ago

    Hi Kathryn Vercillo,

    Very good and interesting hub you have posted. After the birth of the infant most of the women gain nicely said about the postpartum weight loss. There are many weight loss program out there in market, if don't do the basic right you don't gonna lose weight, you might harm your health instead.


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    Cliff 7 years ago

    As a Father and a husband i am here to research about postpartum. I need to know more about this to help educate myself and be prepared until my wife gives birth to our new baby. Thank you very much for sharing your ideas, this is a very nice article.