Quick Tips for Losing Postpartum Weight

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It is not a secret that losing weight after you have a baby is incredibly difficult for many women. Gaining weight in pregnancy and the childbearing years is almost a given for many women, though it need not be. Certainly, there is a certain amount of weight gain recommended for a healthy pregnancy, but once you have had the baby and physically recovered postpartum

Recent evidence shows us that there is a very simply method to preventing the pounds from packing on after you give birth:

1. Walk every day.

Walking 30 minutes a day also reduced the risk of keeping pounds and adding new ones for new moms. This doesn't have to be in long stretches. Even walking three times for ten minutes adds up and counts. Walking is a great way to exercise after having a baby. It's pretty simple to put the baby in a sling or other carrier or a stroller and take them with you. It can also be a great way to have a few minutes alone when your partner come home or the postpartum doula is there.

2. Limit your television viewing.

By limiting your viewing of television shows by watching fewer than two hours a day, you can help lose weight postpartum. It can be so tempting to turn on the television while you're nursing to keep your mind occupied. But then that lovely feature that causes the next episode to play automatically can cause you to sit there way longer than you had originally intended. While it's easy to plop down with the baby and turn on Netflix, consider sitting down with a book instead.

Reading to your baby has many benefits. Or you could simple catch up on the latest bestseller. This is a great way to have some "adult time" and feel mentally invigorated. An audio book would also be an acceptable alternative to the standard television.

3. Eat fewer trans fats.

Now with better labeling this should become easier to track.

But keep your diet as free of trans fats as possible. The more fresh fruits and vegetables that you use in your diet, the more likely you are to ensure that you are avoiding trans fats.

Keeping these three simple rules provided women with a 77% reduced risk of retaining that pregnancy weight. What is really great is that it shows you that weight loss postpartum is attainable for everyone. Considering the glut of skinny celebrities bouncing back into pre-baby bodies that seem unattainable, it's nice to know that you don't have to go to the gym for six hours a day and work out with a personal trainer.

Making sure that you lose the weight after your pregnancy will actually help you have a healthier pregnancy the next time, in addition to all of the benefits you would normally expect from working out. Those can include: better sleep, clearer mind, better digestion, and fewer aches and pains. Many moms also say that working out helps them feel strong and confident in caring for their babies. In this sense, working out really just means moving more.


Television, Walking, and Diet: Associations with Postpartum Weight Retention. Emily Oken, Elsie M. Taveras, Folasade A. Popoola, Janet W. Rich-Edwards, Matthew W. Gillman. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Volume 32, Issue 4, April 2007, Pages 305-311.