How To Shed Baby Weight After Delivery?

Being a new mom can itself take a toll on your life initially, so do not be surprised if your doctor says that losing weight is something that should be the last thing on your mind for at least 6-8 months after your delivery. It is important for you to be patient and give your body some time to recover from the physical exhaustion of pregnancy and gain some strength before you take charge of keeping a check on your weight.



Going on a rigorous dieting during this time can be a mistake. Strange as it may sound but it is a known fact revealed by the medical community that if you deprive yourself of your favorite snacks and food immediately after your delivery, when you are already stressed with new responsibilities; it can actually cause you to gain weight instead of losing it.

Nonetheless, it is natural to fret about how you will get back your lost body shape and how you would lose the baby weight. So, once you think you have accustomed yourself to your role as the new mom and have gained enough strength, given below are a few tips that can prove to be helpful to shed baby weight after delivery:

(1) Do Not Diet, Eat A Balanced Diet:   

No matter how desperate you are to shed off the extra pounds that you have packed during the pregnancy, make sure that your total does not fall below 1800 calories per day, especially when you are breastfeeding. Try keeping your refrigerator stacked with some nutritious snacks that are both filling and help you maintain a high energy level throughout the day. Wheat crackers, apple slices, and carrot sticks are some good choices. Adhering to eating healthy and only when you are actually hungry, in itself would cause you to lose a lot of weight naturally.

Super foods like fish, yoghurt, milk, chicken, beans and low meat are all good for your health in your lactating days, as they have maximum nutrition and still have a very low calorie count.

(2) Breastfeeding Is Not An Excuse: 

While there are still doubts if breastfeeding can actually help you lose any baby weight but it definitely is good for your baby’s immunity and many other health benefits. So, many doctors believe that it is okay to add around 300 extra calories to your diet when you are breastfeeding. The only thing that you should be mindful about is that, you must not start using breastfeeding as an excuse to eat anything that you want.

(3) Get Some Sleep:   

A study recently showed that new moms who sleep for less than five hours a day are more likely to hold onto their baby weight more than moms who sleep for 6-8 hours a day. When you are exhausted, stress hormones and cortisol are released by the body that may increase your weight even more. Also, when tired, there is a good possibility that you would not feel like taking care of yourself and are more likely to grab a snack from the refrigerator when you are just bored and not even hungry. This may also contribute to a cut down on your physical activity.  “Sleep when your baby sleeps” is thereby the best mantra to manage this situation.

(4) Exercise:   

It is also necessary to incorporate some strength training exercises and aerobics into your everyday regime. This would help you burn calories as well as keep your bones and muscles strong.

Following these tips would make sure that you soon become your old self again, or may be a lot stronger and healthier than before.

Your Turn:  

So, what’s your story? How did you shed your baby weight? How successful were you? Or, are you still struggling to get several pounds off you, even after 5-10 years? Share it all with us in the comments section.

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6 comments on “How To Shed Baby Weight After Delivery?
  1. bili osi says:

    I think that this is true for all time and not only after birth. If you want to lose weight and it puts you into depression, you get the opposite of the target. Maybe you’ll be able to download a few pounds for a short time, but after that, you go back and big. I really agree with your recommendation, thanks.
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  2. Neha says:

    Breast feeding is one of the most wonderful method for shedding extra weight from the body after the delivery of baby. There are some many things that can also help and internet has helped me a lot in getting through it. Articles like these are wonderful and really helpful for most of the women. Keep it up .

  3. Lose weight after pregnancy says:

    Weight control is a prevalent concern for many women after pregnancy. Although common during pregnancy, weight gain is difficult for many women to handle emotionally. Many women are unclear about how to separate fact from fiction concerning this “post-pregnancy” weight control.
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  4. Reducing stomach fat after pregnancy and to get flat stomach is the dream for many including me. And i think resources such as these are always helpful and grateful to help make our dream come true. Thanks for such an exciting and helpful detailed post.

  5. Pregnacy Without Pounds says:

    There is a great way to minimize weight gain and be able to enjoy your pregnancy. From what I know it also helps you have an easy labor and regain your figure quickly and safely.

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