First, its important to know why you gained the weight if you're going to get it off. WebMD.com states that an average woman with normal weight should gain 25-35 pounds during pregnancy. There is not a whole lot of science behind pregnancy cravings, but most women gain more than 25-35 pounds because they give into these. The diet goes out the window because you don't feel like going by the books. You feel fat already and your back hurts and you're cranky. Take a deep breathe 'cause it's going to be okay. It took time to gain the weight so give yourself some time to get it off, but by no means to do have to succumb to letting yourself go. Parents.com assures that you will probably lose some of the weight from breastfeeding and other post-delivery hormonal shifts that boost metabolism. For the last stubborn pounds, try these tips.
- Be Patient
It took you nine months to gain the weight, give yourself equal time to get it off. Very few things in life that come quickly last long.
- Take a little time for yourself
Newborn babies can be stressful. It is true they need round-the-clock care, but hopefully you can share the load with your family and spouse. Single moms might find this especially difficult, but try to find a way to take at least 15 minutes a day to read, listen to music, meditate, walk, just have some time to yourself to breath and recuperate.
- Resume eating for one
Slowly start decreasing your caloric intake. 100 calories a week will do the trick. You can lose a pound a week at a 500 calorie deficit (eating 500 less calories than you are now) so you want to work your way up to that. Take it easy though, your body's been through a lot.
- Positive self talk
Don't beat yourself up. Gaining weight during pregnancy is normal. Tell yourself you can do it and that it will just take time. A positive attitude will help you through the tough times.
- Get active
After your recommended rest period, slowly start exercising again. Start by just walking around the neighborhood 30 minutes a day. Then you can progress to cardio machines and eventually resistance training. This will help you burn off those extra calories, but be sure to consult your physician before beginning any new exercise regimen.