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Wondering about your post-baby body? Getting your pre-baby body back after the baby arrives takes different amounts of time for different moms. Don’t rush it! Enjoy your baby instead!
There are so many factors involved in losing weight post-baby: the weight of your baby, how much your stomach stretched, your pre-baby fitness level, whether you are breastfeeding or not, and, of course, your diet and exercise habits!
A lot of the baby weight is, well…baby. So, you will lose that almost immediately.
Women lose an average of 12 pounds almost immediately after giving birth. “You have the baby, lose blood, fluids, amniotic fluid,” says Sarah B. Krieger, MPH, RD, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics… // FitPregnancy
0.1. Post-Baby A Week, A Month, 6 Weeks…
For about a week after your baby arrives, you’ll continue to get rid of excess fluids. This could lead to lower weight as well, but don’t get discouraged if you’re still not back to your pre-pregnancy weight. It will take a little longer.
Women who breastfeed tend to lose more weight. Breastfeeding is highly recommended if you can.
Honestly, it’s best to not worry about your weight. Focus on your newborn, your beautiful new bundle of joy. Focus on bonding with baby, eating well to stay nourished and energized, eating enough to make breast milk, and getting as much sleep as you can.
0.2. At 4 Weeks
Some women are back down to their pre-baby weight after just a month. You could lose 20 pounds in the first month after baby, but don’t push it. Take it easy and do it the healthy way. Your body just gave birth! You’re still healing, your hormone levels are drastically changing, and excess fluids are still being released from your body. Now is still not the time to worry about weight. Focus on the pride of what you have brought into the world. Your body rocks!
All the cells in your body that swelled during pregnancy will begin releasing their fluids in the form of urine, vaginal secretions, and sweat. // BabyCentre
0.3. 6 Weeks
It takes around 6 weeks for your uterus to return to normal, in relation to your pelvis. This means a flatter stomach. Yay! As you are nursing and exercising, the extra fat you put on to nourish your baby begins to burn off. For many women, it can take months for that belly pouch to return to its pre-pregnancy state. Be patient and love your body for being the magic-maker it is. Your body has done a remarkable thing!
Remember, it took 9 months for your belly to stretch for baby. Give yourself at least that much time to get back into shape.
Want to know what some real post-baby bellies look like?
There is beauty in embracing our imperfections and beauty in accepting ourselves and these bodies of ours that can do so many amazing things, stretchmarks or not. // Babble
“I’m not as thin and toned as I used to be, but I love my postpartum body. My baby and I are healthy and strong.” — Abby // BabyCenter
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