Losing weight after pregnancy is an especially daunting task, considering the amount and extent of responsibilities that are placed on the new mother. The mother suddenly has to take care of the baby and the self, has to attend to the regular chores, has to attend to the needs of the partner as well as work, and create a balance out of a seemingly chaotic schedule. At this time, exercise and losing weight remain a concern for the mother, but something that are very hard to follow and achieve due to the high number of distractions.
The societal pressure is another concern. Many people are eager to comment on the weight gained by the mother, not realizing that it is a normal part of pregnancy and delivery, and that this extra weight gain and fat is essential for the mother’s body to provide the necessary energy that is needed in the first few months of delivery. Therefore, the first and foremost thought that a mother should have regarding her weight is that it was put there for a reason. Having a weight gain after pregnancy is not something to be ashamed of, since it was not gained as a result of cravings or lack of interest in weight control. A new mother should take comfort in the fact that there are many women who may have more weight even when they have not been pregnant. In short, being realistic about the weight gain after pregnancy, when others are being tactless is the only way to deal with the issue correctly.
The weight loss regime or attempt for a new mother should only start after she feels she is ready to take up the new challenge. In the initial stages, the mother’s body is in the recovery phase, with additional burden of caring for the infant and breast feeding him. The lack of sleep is a condition that continues on even after the delivery. There is less time to organize eating times, and there is less energy to engage in any physical activity apart from taking care of the baby. Therefore, exercising regime should only start when the mother feels comfortable that she can take up the new challenge. Meanwhile, to reduce the anxiety related to the weight gain, the mother can engage in small physical activities such as walking. It is important to gauge oneself and not compare to the stories of other women. Each woman has her own capacity and speed of losing weight. Therefore, references and opinions of other women may not apply to your case.
The best technique therefore, is to focus on the diet, and take healthy meals that allow for building of stamina and repair of the body. When this phase is achieved and this form of diet is started, the person can then increase the level of physical exertion. The mother should take into account the amount of stress the body is in due to caring for the baby and lack of sleep, so being gentle to the body is very important. Also, delegating responsibilities to others, and prioritizing different chores and work are something that is very important. Most women are able to lose weight gradually, which can take up to one year. This can be accepted as normal, since it takes about a year to gain the weight in the first place. Later on, as the new routine is established and the demands on the body are reduced, the mother can start taking up more active routines and exercises to lose weight.
Any form of activity can be undertaken provided that mother consults with the doctor first. As mentioned, each person has a different body and the responses may be different as well. Therefore, exercise plans must be made known to the doctor, and customized to fit the needs of the particular patient. When such efforts are carried out in a relaxed, regular pace, the results are likely to be achieved much quicker than anticipated.