Even though every expecting mother understands that pregnancy and giving birth changes a woman’s body, it can be hard to deal with your post-partum body image. Some women have a very difficult time losing weight after having a baby, and it’s completely understandable. Your body goes through a lot of changes during pregnancy, and getting back to the norm isn’t easy. Here’s a look at some of the most common post-partum weight loss problems, and a few tips on how to deal with them.
- Not eating right
The first few weeks of being a mom, I barely ate. Between nursing my baby, trying to get my baby to nap, and changing his dirty diapers, I didn’t have time to eat. And when I did eat, it wasn’t healthy. I didn’t have time to cook, so it was pizza and Chinese food for dinner.
Don’t make the same mistake I did. Make sure you’re getting all of the food groups you and your baby need, and find the time to eat. Keep an apple, a protein bar, or some pretzels next to your couch or bed so that you have food ready when you need it.
- No time to exercise
When you have a little one, finding gym time is almost impossible. That’s why many new moms skip the gym and have a hard time losing baby weight. But you don’t have to sacrifice your workouts. Instead of going to the gym, try a short at-home workout.
- Hormone Issues
For the first few months after you give birth, your hormones are all out of whack. This can be a major issue when it comes to losing weight. Although things usually go back to normal after some time, some women develop thyroid problems. Only a small percentage of women have this problem, but it‘s worth looking out for it. If you experience hair loss, fatigue, a goiter, and difficulty losing weight, you should have your thyroid checked.
- The last five pounds
Many nursing mothers find it hard to drop the last few pounds that would bring them to their pre-baby weight. This isn’t because you’re doing something wrong in your exercise or eating habits; it’s a natural issue that comes from nursing. When a woman is nursing, her body seems to hold onto a few pounds of body weight.
This is one issue that you shouldn’t fight. Don’t go to extreme measures to lose the weight. Just enjoy nursing, and know that holding onto those pounds is your body’s way of making sure that your baby is being taken care of.
Hi Everyone! I'm Danielle, and I'm a little bit of a fitness nut. Since having my 1-year old son, working out has been a little more difficult. Between breastfeeding and running around with a baby who does not EVER sit still, I've had to learn how to workout a whole new way. Join me on Workout Wednesdays as I share my post-baby workout tips. You can learn how to get (or stay) healthy while you juggle being SuperMom!