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Getting Back Your Pre-Pregnancy Body

Posted on 03 November 2008

For many women, pregnancy means nine months of no dieting or exercising. It can be a liberating experience to not have to count calories or watch the scale. However, what happens at the end of those nine months when all the “baby” weight you thought you were carrying turns out to be fat? How do you return to your old body and weight?

From talking with several new thin moms, I learned their secrets to fast, safe weight loss. Here are some weight loss ideas for you to try:

Eat When You Are Hungry

You will find the first few weeks are so hectic and draining that you won’t be very hungry–or will be too busy to notice. This is a good thing! The less calories you consume, the faster the weight will come off. However, if you are nursing, it’s important to get an extra 500 good calories a day–such as from fruits and vegetables. And no, Oreos don’t count!

Drink a Lot of Water

Some women find that they retain even more water after the baby is born. While one would think drinking more water would increase water retention, actually the opposite is true. Drinking water helps to flush the excess fluid out of your body. So drink up!

Hold on to Your Wallet

Diet shakes, diet pills, gym memberships…these are a few of the purchases you can put on hold. Much of the pregnancy weight will come off by eating a healthy diet, consuming a reasonable amount of calories, and staying active. Give yourself 6 weeks before starting an exercise routine, unless your doctor otherwise gives you the okay.

Don’t Weigh Yourself

Your new baby will take up much of your time and thoughts! Unless you are really curious, put off weighing yourself for a few weeks. This will result in less pressure on you to get back to your original weight.

Return to Your Non-Maternity Wardrobe Slowly

There is no use in trying to squeeze into your old wardrobe the first day home from the hospital. Take it slow. Start out with your favorite pair of jeans, a nice sweater, an old t-shirt. As you find certain pieces of clothing fit, put them in a special place in your closet. Each day or when the mood strikes, try on another piece of clothing. Little by little, you’ll find your maternity wardrobe heading to the back of your closet!

Nine Month Photo

Finally, for an instant mood booster, pull out a photo of you, nine months pregnant. When you compare yourself from then until now, it will definitely put a smile on your face! When it comes to losing the pregnancy weight, it’s important to keep everything in perspective. It took you nine months to gain the weight, it may take a few months to lose it! You just went through nine months of pregnancy and created a wonderful new person. That is what matters most!

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  1. Belly Belt says:

    It can certainly take a while to get back in shape after pregnancy. It took me MONTHS.

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