I just had a 9 lb 11 oz baby on feb.1 and recently had a baby on jan.24, my belly is still big. Should I diet or lose weight lose pills?

(Last Updated: Jul 17, 2008)


Though it seems difficult, post partum weight loss is possible. You can gain your original form over a period of six to nine months. It is important not to rush the weight loss, but do it gradually so that your body gets adequate time to recover from the childbirth and does not lose essential nutrients in the process of losing weight. Avoid taking weight loss pills especially if you are breast-feeding since they have many side effects. You should instead opt for a diet which you can start gradually three months after childbirth, and a moderate exercise routine that helps to burn the fat stored in the body and strengthen your body without tiring it.

Breastfeeding has been shown to abet weight-loss in the postpartum period since it releases certain hormones that make the uterus return to its original size. However remember not to diet excessively while breastfeeding since your body needs a minimum of 1800 calories a day in order to stay healthy and provide sufficient nutrients to the baby. Consume food with a high nutrient value and avoid junk food during this period. Apart from this you can gradually ease into an exercise routine, which not only aids weight-loss but also helps to combat post-partum depression and boosts your confidence and energy levels. You should concentrate on abdominal exercises but before you begin on them you should ensure that your abs return to their original position with specific exercises that bring the abdominals together, reducing the separation that occurs during pregnancy.

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