Gaining weight is essential during pregnancy, but after baby arrives, most moms are anxious to lose the weight. Losing weight after giving birth is different from losing weight at other times, especially if you are breastfeeding.
It is recommended not to diet for at least 6 weeks postpartum, and instead just focus on eating a healthy diet. After that, the ideal way to lose the weight is gradually, aiming for 1-2 pounds per week. With a new baby to take care of, you will need energy and will probably be over-tired. For these reasons, a low calorie diet is not advisable for a new mom.
If you are not breastfeeding, six weeks after the baby is born you can start curbing a few hundred calories per day. Make sure you get a minimum of 1600 calories a day and keep in mind that it is important when trimming calories that you make every calorie count by eating a nutrient rich diet.
If you are breastfeeding, you should not diet until you stop. It is very important for breastfeeding moms to have good nutrition because this affects the quality of the breast milk. It may take longer for breastfeeding moms to lose the weight, but take comfort in knowing that you are doing the best thing for your baby.
Most moms can go back to exercising within weeks of a normal vaginal delivery. Healing time is longer for C-section deliveries. Exercise should begin slowly and gradually. Check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.