Let me just start this off by saying - every woman is different! Things may work for some, and not work for others. When it comes to postpartum weight loss,the most important thing is managing your weight during your pregnancy. Whatever the recommended guidelines set by your doctor - try your hardest to stay within those! For my BMI, my recommended weight gain was 25-35 pounds.
I tracked my weight gain through out my pregnancy at each doctor’s visit. I made a conscious effort to eat healthy (but NOT diet) and to include moderate exercise into each week. The eating healthier came natural, I think because I knew whatever I was putting into my body was nourishing my baby (well minus a few of those McDonald’s ice cream cones)! Working out is a part of my husband and I’s lives anyways too. In the beginning of pregnancy I still went to the gym and took Zumba classes and worked out normally. When I started getting early braxton hicks contractions around 20 weeks, I limited my exercise to walking - we would walk at least 2 miles in our neighborhood 2-3 nights a week. Around 36 weeks, I was so ready to have this baby - I walked every night in attempt to make things speed up!
Once the baby was born and we left the hospital, I still looked about 6 months pregnant and had only lost 8 pounds (and since the baby was almost 7 pounds, that was a little disheartening). Within a few days I starting dropping only what I can assume was water weight from all of the fluids I received. Within 2 weeks I had lost all but 10 pounds of my pregnancy weight (I gained 30lbs in all). The last 10 pounds came off SLOWLY but surely with moderate exercise, eating healthier, and breastfeeding. I’d say within 3 weeks my body had it’s original shape back. Within 5 weeks my prepregnancy clothes started fitting again, and by 8 weeks I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight!
That’s when I bought the Fit Yummy Mummy Lifestyle Systemand I have to say it’s a LIFE-SAVER. I didn’t just use this system alone, but I don’t want you guys knowing everything I have in one day!
I wasn’t going to be a believer in the Fit Yummy Mummy Lifestyle System, but after giving it an effort, I SWEAR by this system now. I know it can seem a little expensive, but I ended up doing research and found a few other products that, in combination with this, helped me
Another thing I SWEAR by for postpartum weight loss… BREASTFEEDING. Breastfeeding/pumping has literally melted the pounds and fat off my body! I have worked out - mostly just walking the neighborhood a few days a week, but I attribute the weight loss to this!
For my eating - snacking is my motto. I eat a healthy snack every time I pump (which is about every 3 hours). If I don’t I am starving!!! I’m telling you, breastfeeding just takes it right out of you! ;) Frequent, small meals! For breakfast I have either an egg with whole wheat toast or a nutritional shake if I’m on the run. Lunch is a sandwich, soup, salad, or leftovers from dinner. And dinner is usual, just in small portions - pizza, fish, spaghetti, chicken, steak, etc. For snacks I usually have peanut butter crackers, granola bar, fruit or trail mix.
I drink a lot of water, usually always sipping on a glass throughout the day. With pumping, I am thirsty all of the time, and I can tell my milk production dips if I’m not drinking. This a tip for you new mommy’s out there!
So there you have it - 8 weeks to postpartum weight loss…