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Losing weight after pregnancy is often one of the first things on the mind of young mothers.
While gaining weight during pregnancy is vital to the health of your unborn child, and most women embrace that process, I know some get anxious about putting on weight. Some eye the birth day as the starting mark in a race to lose the baby weight. This is a guide to losing pregnancy weight in a healthy, joyful way.
To start, you should expect that by the end of your pregnancy you will end up gaining anywhere from 15-45 pounds, depending on your weight before pregnancy. With a normal BMI, you should gain 25-35 pounds, and if you are underweight, it will be on the higher end of the scale. If you're overweight, you will be more in the range of 15-25 pounds.
Much of that weight is not just fat, but uterus, baby, blood, and other bodily fluids associated with your new baby. Some of the weight loss after pregnancy will happen immediately, but the rest is going to take some time.
It took you nine months to put on the weight, so you should expect it to take nine months to go away. Studies show that if you haven't lost the pregnancy weight at the one year mark, it's more likely to become permanent, so that's a nice, healthy goal for losing pregnancy weight.
Most likely your weight loss after pregnancy will be in the 1-2 pounds per week range, but for the first six weeks you should not make any extra attempts to lose weight.
Breastfeeding helps your uterus to contract and tighten, which speeds the process of losing your pregnancy belly. However, breastfeeding is not a good time to start losing weight after pregnancy. You need to be eating enough calories to provide proper nutrients for your growing baby, so don't start trying to cut out calories while breastfeeding.
What's great is that a vegan diet is perfect for losing weight after pregnancy, as well as for your breastfeeding baby. Focus on eating mostly whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans, and nuts and seeds, and you will experience vegan weight loss. Leafy greens are packed with folic acid, which is excellent for your growing baby, so load up on them.
Once your doctor or midwife clears you to start exercise, slow and stay wins the race. You'll probably want to start by just taking your baby out for a few short walks each day. You can also use the baby's nap time to do some exercise videos, or to have someone babysit while you run to an exercise class. If you've had a cesarean section, it might take longer before the wound is healed enough for you to exercise regularly.
Make sure to get rest whenever you can, and the sooner your baby gets on a regular sleep schedule, the better it is for your weight loss. Studies have shown that women who get less than six hours of sleep at night by the time the baby is six months old will have a harder time losing weight after pregnancy than moms whose babies sleep at night.
Give yourself a break and don't put too much pressure on yourself to lose weight. If you eat properly, drink enough water, and For more information on healthy diet plan and tons more information on vegan weight loss, check out this great site.
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