Most women simply want to snap back into their pre-pregnancy body shape immediately after childbirth, but it is important to make a slow return. Instead of feeling pressured to get your new body back into your old body’s uniform, accept the feat you’ve just accomplished.
You’ve built, carried, and brought a human into the world and that in itself is outstanding!!
Why do Women Add Weight During Pregnancy?
So! It will be helpful to know why women add weight during pregnancy. Adding some extra weight is an important and natural part of any pregnancy. Gaining too little or too much and you could be putting yourself and your unborn baby at risk of health problems.
This is because, you are harboring a little human inside you so, yes, some of the weight will be the growing baby. But, also, your body will be storing fat in preparation for producing milk after your baby is born and; there are also extra fluid to support circulation such as, the placenta and amniotic fluid. This is partly why most of the weight gained during pregnancy occurs after week 20.
Setting realistic weight-loss goals after baby.
After you Child Birth, it is advisable to slowly lose weight in a bid to snap back! You may want to speed things along by working with your doctor to set a safe, reasonable goal. A good rule is to lose no more than one and a half pounds per week, which would be a calorie deficit of 3,500 to 5,250 calories per week, or 500 to 750 a day.
While many new mothers ditch the bulk of their pregnancy pounds by the baby’s 6-month birthday, we must understand that everyone sheds weight at their own pace.
Many factors have been proven to affect your snap back journey after childbirth:
— The first one is your age; Your metabolism slows down by about 2 percent every decade after age 25, so you burn fewer calories at rest as you get older.
— Another is your diet; when you eat more protein than carbs and eat larger meals earlier in the day, your body burns more calories and works more efficiently.
— Other factors include your activity level; the more you move, the more calories you burn and your natural metabolism, which is determined by your genes.
— Lastly, Just breathe; Whenever you lift something heavy such as a grocery bag, or a large pot of pasta, EXHALE to reduce the strain on your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles.
Most women can start to do gentle Kegel-type exercises the day after childbirth. Exhale gently each time you contract your pelvic floor muscles. Make sure to get medical clearance from your doctor or midwife first.
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Finally! Bonding with your baby, learning their cues and looking after yourself are all important during the postnatal period. Eating a balanced diet and incorporating gentle movement into your routine; are beneficial for your emotional wellbeing, rather than focusing on the pressure to snap back.
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