Weight loss after pregnancy can be a challenge for some women. There is a lot to balance to get back to a healthy weight post baby. Most women will lose about half of their extra fat or “baby weight” generally six months after giving birth. The rest of that stubborn weight most often comes off over the next several months but for some mothers, those next several months somehow can turn into years. According to the CDC, nearly half of all pregnant women gain more than the recommended weight gain.
The recommended weight gain when pregnant with one baby is:
- 25-35 pounds
Getting back to a healthy postpartum weight is important for new moms for the following reasons;
Keeping that unhealthy baby weight:
- Can lead to becoming overweight
- Puts you at a higher risk for developing type II diabetes
- As well as high risk for heart disease
- And can lead to complications with future pregnancies
Things like a healthy, nutritious diet, daily exercise and breastfeeding will help aid in losing that stubborn baby weight. It is important to note that new moms should lose weight slowly. Losing too much weight quickly can cause a decrease in milk supply and low energy for mommy. Consult a nutritionist to guide you toward a healthy approach to weight loss.
Suggested foods to eat during your postpartum journey should include:
- Leafy Greens
- Iron Rich Foods
- Vitamin C Rich Foods
- Organic poultry
- High Fibrous Foods
With a good eating plan, new moms should be able to achieve a healthy level of weight loss as well as consume foods to stay fueled, nourished, and encourage recovery.