Lose that post-pregnancy weight now


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Lose that post-pregnancy weight now

Here's how and why you should lose that post-pregnancy weight... NOW!

We've all envied celebrity mommas who go back to their as-they-were figures, mere weeks after delivering a child. So have they been popping wonder pills, we all ask. Or do they starve themselves? Are they gym rats, maybe? Surely, they've had a little nip n' tuck? Well, whatever their elixirs and secrets, we're telling you, you can do it, too a la Beyonce, Posh and their ilk.

How soon is too soon?
When Dr Anita Soni, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist told us that a woman can return to her normal figure within 40 days of delivery, we were gobsmacked and a further revelation (you can start exercising as you're home from the hospital) busted another myth. She offered a tip: "The trick is to permit yourself to do what your body allows you to. It can be anything from a brisk walk or a light jog.

If you have a cranky baby who keeps you up all night and leaves you tired, walk for just half an hour each day. A woman's physiology is such that the Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is high when you're lactating. So why not take advantage of the situation and knock off the extra baggage in the first three months when you are on maternity leave rather than after you join work and are pressed for time? Keep weight gain to bare minimum during pregnancy and you won't have a problem losing it later."

How much is too much?
How much weight can you lose or gain without being tagged anorexic or obese respectively? "Gaining around 12 kgs is healthy in a normal pregnancy. The maximum amount of weight one can put on would be 15 kgs, nothing more. If a patient is already obese, I'd advise them against gaining more than six kgs," says Dr Soni.

Dr Bindu Balani M.D., a gynaecologist, offers, "You lose up to six kilos as soon as you give birth. The baby, placenta and liquor (amniotic fluid) make up for that weight which means you have to lose only 10 kgs after having a baby. Of that weight, 10-20 per cent is fluid retention. So that takes off two more kilos off the 'to-lose' list."

What about eating for two during a pregnancy?
Nobody knows where the concept comes from. There's no need to pig out on calorie-laden food. It is, however, extremely difficult for the Indian woman to 'diet' responsibly with mothers and mothers-in-law breathing down their necks, stuffing their faces and making them stay indoors at all times. Most go along with the fussing to maintain peace.

What can you do?
Remember that the earlier you start your weight loss regime the better. Wait a few months and you're never going to lose that weight. Although, Dr Balani admits that women with thyroid ailments or those already obese to begin with or are suffering from Poly-Cystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD) have difficulty losing weight.
"Everyone must start going for brisk walks in the first 10 days.

If you have had a normal delivery, you can start working out like you used to (pre-pregnancy) within 20 days. If you have had a baby through Caesarean-section (C-section), you can return to normal workouts after 40 days," advises Dr Soni. Dr Balani also suggests pelvic floor exercises, which women must start doing as soon as they are discharged from the hospital. Fitness expert Leena Mogre says you must focus on core strengthening to avoid chronic pain as your body loses a lot of calcium and other vital nutrients during the birth of your child.

Remember that each pregnancy is different and permissions to exercise depends on your gynaecologist. "Weight loss also depends on how well you have taken care of yourself while you were pregnant," signs off Mogre.

Myths busted
1. You don't need to eat for two (and bloat up to resemble a mammoth and give any more mileage to those annoying old wives' tales).

2. You don't need to eat for two even after your baby is born. Your baby is only going to need about 500 calories per day, which you can easily make up for with a healthy diet.

3. You absolutely must not put up your feet during a pregnancy. While there's no need to overzealously exercise, you must keep that body in motion. Being active and regularly exercising (even bouts of brisk walking counts) stretches and strengthens the muscles, which means you cope with labour and birth better. But yes, you must sleep with your feet up.

4. Tying up your stomach tightly in yards of cloth (also known as belly wrap) is just going to make you look like a ninja. The belly wrap is not going to shove your belly in but will hold in the loose skin and fat.
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Jun 27, 2012
Hey, that's really worth reading!! I really liked the tips and it surely busted a lot of tales, which I just keep on hearing from here and there!! I mean after amaira was born I was totally bugged up with my weight issues!! i used to just keep on cribbing about it!! Even my husband was after my life to just loose my extra bulges as soon as possible, and my mother-in law used to make me eat like a pig! She was like all the time that you have to do feeding!! so just drink milk 5 times a day!! I mean it really breaks the hell out of you!! You totally get trapped between your in laws and your husband!! But one of my friend told me about this pigeon shape up belt, which she got from Hushbabies, so probably i would give it a try!! Because she tried it, and within 2 months she was getting her beautiful curves back!! I bought one for myself too then and i just hope it wonders on me the same way, my friend had an experience with it!! :pray1:

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