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Fit Mommy: Losing the weight after baby

Fit Mommy: losing the weight after baby
Fit Mommy: losing the weight after baby
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Everyone wants to lose all the weight they gained from pregnancy. The good news is that after you have the baby a good amount of weight comes off just from giving birth. You lose the weight of the baby, placenta and water weight. Unfortunately, you still have to work at losing some of that weight you put on from all of those pregnancy cravings you had.

It's recommended to gain 25-35 pounds while pregnant if you starting weight was healthy. However, sometimes it can be hard to stay in that range. Cravings for sweets and fats are hard to fight off when your pregnant and sometimes we happen to over do it. No problem though, with some exercise and eating healthy you can lose those extra pounds you packed on.

If you had a normal vaginal delivery, the wait time to start exercising is 6 weeks after your bundle of joy is born. With that being said, that doesn't rule out going on walks while you wait for those 6 weeks to go by. Put your baby in a stroller and take a stroll around your neighborhood or a nearby park. Just make sure to not over due it. If you had a c-section the weight to start exercising is usually 8 weeks. Make sure to wait until your doctor gives you the okay before doing any strenuous workouts.

Once you get the okay to start working out, you can kick it into full gear to shed all those unwanted pounds. While your baby is sleeping can be an ideal time to workout if your finding it hard to workout while baby is awake. Get up early in the morning or stay up after baby goes to bed at night to fit in your exercising. If your baby takes 30 minute naps, you can workout during that time.

You don't have to go to a gym to get a good workout. There's plenty of workouts you can do at home or outside your home without having to leave your baby. Workout DVDs can be a great way to workout! There's a variety of different types you can choose from. Dancing and Zumba to kickboxing and intense circuit training. Don't be afraid to experiment as you figure out which ones you like best.

Good luck on losing your pregnancy weight, and remember that your body will probably look different than it did before you had your baby even once you hit that pre-pregnancy weight. Don't be ashamed of it, embrace it! You created a beautiful human being with that body, be proud!