If you’re waiting for your body to return to its pre-pregnancy state, you could be waiting a while.
The pressure to lose baby weight after giving birth can be overwhelming. Suddenly, you feel like you no longer have a good enough excuse for carrying a few extra kilograms, but you’re so exhausted that you can’t even imagine exercising. Thankfully, it turns out that trying to bounce back to your pre-pregnancy body immediately after giving birth isn’t the best idea for you or your baby.
Lose The Mum Tum
Mum tums don’t just vanish, plain and simple. Anyone who tells you that breastfeeding alone will transform your body in a matter of weeks and return it to its former glory is lying. Most women retain approximately 1kg to 5.5 kg for around six months to a year after giving birth MamaMia reports, but like most things in life, every woman’s experience is different.
The female body is incredible when you think about it. It can grow an entire human being – and the job doesn’t end there. The body stores extra fat tissue at the end of pregnancy to ensure mothers have enough energy to sustain breastfeeding. Those few extra kilos might be doing some good after all…
Ensuring Future Health
During pregnancy, it’s important to monitor weight gain to reduce the risk of gestational diabetes and complications. Even though new mums shouldn’t be a rush to sign up to an intense spin class or start a low-calorie diet after giving birth, it is important for future health to try to lose the baby weight within the first year. This reduces the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and ensures good health should you wish to have more children in the future.
So if you’re a new mum, don’t feel guilty for having a lazy sofa day or eating a generous bowl of pasta. You deserve it – you’ve just done something pretty amazing.
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