4 Ways to Lose Weight After Giving Birth


breastfeed loose weightWomen after childbirth usually have a major program to lose weight in order to have a body like before pregnant. There are 4 healthy ways that can be done without drugs to achieve that, because slimming drugs affect breast milk.

Researchers have found pregnancy to be one major cause  of women weight gain. This has been scientifically studied over the past two decades.

Results of a study published in the International Journal of Obesity in 2000 found that 6 percent of women have excess weight after giving birth to her first child. This study was followed by 1,300 healthy women who gave birth between the years 1980-1990.

“Many studies have shown that women who maintain their weight after pregnancy will make them obese and have health risks like diabetes or heart,” said Prof. Raul Artal, MD, chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Health at Saint Louis University Medical School, according to Sheknows.

Dr. Artal says  that there is no magic formula to lose weight after having a baby. Weight gain during pregnancy occurs in stages, so its reduction must be gradual so that it can maintain the ideal weight for a long time.

There are 4 tips given by Dr. Artal in terms of losing weight after childbirth, here they are:

1. Breastfeeding
Many rumors circulated about the effect of breastfeeding on women’s bodies, such as breast become loose or cause stretch marks. But these rumors are not true, because breastfeeding is an easy and healthy way to lose weight.

Dr. Artal said that breastfeeding is not only beneficial for newborns, but also for the mother. On average, women who are breastfeeds can burn over 600 calories per day.

2. Move
Doing physical activity is not limited to exercise, such as in the fitness center, playing tennis or basketball. But walking, biking or taking care of their babies everyday can help burn calories.

If women give exclusive breastfeeding and taking care of her own baby, then those two things will greatly help her lose weight.

3. Having a thought of one person meal
After her baby was born, then remove the expression of needing to eat for two people because this condition will only add weight.

Dr. Artal recommends women who just gave birth to celebrate with nutrient-dense foods such as vegetables, lean meats and complex carbohydrates that will make them feel full longer.

4. Ask for professional help
If you could not loose weight despite already doing the steps above, Dr. Artal advised to consult with your obstetrician or a nutritionist.

This is important because breast-feeding mothers should still get good nutrition so that the babies who nutrient needs are met.