When you were going out with your future husband, how long did it take people to start asking you if you were engaged yet?
Then they asked when the wedding would be. Next, they wanted to know when the baby was coming. Then, when you had the baby, they wanted to know why all your baby weight didn’t immediately vanish. Once they are no longer pregnant, women often feel pressured to shed their baby weight as soon as possible. This can make life very difficult. After all, you’re being told two things: to eat as much and as often as you want so that you can feed yourself and your baby and to lose your baby weight as quickly as you can. How can you do both?
Try to be patient. You may have heard stories in the media about celebrities who are able to return to their pre-pregnancy weight in less than a month. Remember, these women are free to exercise and go to spas while others are taking care of their babies. They have no restrictions when it comes to hiring nutritionists, personal trainers or anyone else who can help them lose weight in a hurry.
If you can’t afford these luxuries, you have to be more realistic in your expectations. You have to be satisfied with losing weight at a pace that’s appropriate for you, not someone else.
Losing the weight acquired during pregnancy generally takes around nine months, about the same as it took to gain it. Nine months, then, is a doubly significant time period when it comes to pregnancy. This means that it takes you nine months to gain all of your baby weight so it should take nine months for you to get back to your old size.
This can allow you to put it into perspective rather than try to rush the process too much. You can relax, then, if you find that it’s a few months since you’ve given birth and you still haven’t lost all the extra weight. Just be attentive and you will soon drop those extra pounds. Sometimes you have a stubborn five or ten pounds that take a little longer to shed.
You should try to lose that baby weight but you don’t need to stress yourself out about it. People who fail at losing weight after pregnancy are more likely to become overweight or even obese later in life. If you find that you are having trouble shedding your extra pounds, talk to your doctor. You might need to meet with a nutritionist to discuss caloric intake.
Some women find it more difficult than others to lose weight after pregnancy. This kind of weight loss is not as simple as the usual kind, where you simply cut back on calories and work out as much as you can. When you are caring for a newborn, you have different needs than someone who is not a new parent.
This means you need to approach your weight loss differently than you would have before you got pregnant or if your child were a little older. The key is really to relax and let the weight come off in its own time!