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Losing That Baby-weight

Taking off that Baby-weightThe typical recommended weight gain during pregnancy is 25-35 pounds. It takes nine months to put this weight on, so you need to allow yourself at least that long to take it off. You should take the weight off gradually, aiming for 1-2 pounds per week. Breastfeeding aids in weight-loss; in fact you may burn up to 1,000 calories per day while breast-feeding. But keep in mind, you need to consume an extra 500 calories per day during this time. If you don’t, it will negatively affect the quality of your breast milk.

If you’re not breastfeeding or have stopped and decide to diet, do yourself a favor and don’t do anything too drastic such as a crash-diet. You’ll be robbing your body of the nutrition it needs to keep up with the demands of a newborn (and other little ones if you have them). A healthy diet can help you overcome some of the fatigue associated with newborns.

Getting exercise once your body has recovered from childbirth is key. If you can’t seem to find a chunk of time each day, try 3 ten-minute workouts while baby naps instead of a 30-minute stretch.┬áIf you can’t afford fancy equipment or a gym membership, buy yourself an exercise tape. It is probably also less of an expense to invest in a jogging stroller.

If you’re trying to lose weight with a toddler in tow, you can get some exercise by playing games like tag or ring-around-the-rosy (spin in a circle, fall down and get back up a bunch of times and you’ll feel it!).

Another way to incorporate baby into your exercise routine is to get yourself a baby seat for that bicycle that’s been sitting in your garage. The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute recommends waiting until a baby is one year old before strapping her onto a bike.

If you do decide to join a gym, don’t think of hitting the gym as being a chore. The daycare at the gym can give you a much needed (and earned) break from baby and give your little one some time to interact with others. If you’re home with baby full time, a trip to the gym can give you the chance to have some actual (rare) grown-up conversation. Strike up a conversation with the person on the treadmill next to you and time will pass more quickly. Find yourself a “gym-buddy”, or friend to exercise with.

Whatever you do, don’t be too hard on yourself if your body is stretched or altered from pregnancy. Look at the beautiful baby you have in return!

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