You may be wondering when your pregnancy belly will go down.
Since each woman's pregnancy experience and body is unique, there is no
definitive time on when you can recover your pre-pregnancy body.
Let’s talk about weight loss after pregnancy.
Healthy weight gain during pregnancy depends on the weight you were before
you got pregnant. However, on average, women gain 32
pounds during their pregnancy. Weight gain comes from increased
fluid, baby and placenta.
About 75% of women were heavier one year postpartum than
pre-pregnancy, with almost 50 percent of moms maintaining more than 10 lbs
and 25 percent retaining over 20 lbs.
That is why during your pregnancy it is important to maintain healthy
weight gain recommendations.
Lack of postpartum weight loss can have a huge impact on your
Pregnancy has widely been reported as a factor in female obesity . Failure
to lose pregnancy-associated weight contributes significantly to long-term
obesity and related severe chronic problems in women including:
Increased risks in subsequent pregnancies
Coronary artery disease
Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Some cancers including breast and colon
How long would it take for the baby belly to return to normal
It's normal to want to return to your pre-pregnancy body. However, give
yourself a rest! Your body has just given birth, and it will take some time
to recover and get back in shape.
The path to success is perseverance. It took nine months for your body to
change and add fat and the abdominal muscles to extend enough to support a
full-term infant. As a result, the fact that it can take weeks or months to
lose fat and tighten up again is encouraging.
Most women do not regain their pre-pregnancy weight until around 6 months
after their infant is born.
Most women lose approximately 13 pounds during childbirth, which includes
the weight of the newborn, placenta, and amniotic fluid. You will lose
weight during the first week of birth when you shed retained fluids, but
the fat accumulated during pregnancy will not melt on its own.
You will gradually lose weight after giving birth. If you choose to
expedite the process it is best to consult with a healthcare provider or
registered dietitian to establish a safe, realistic target. A decent rule
of thumb is to lose no more than one and a half pounds
per week, which equates to a weekly calorie loss of 3,500 to 5,250
calories, or 500 to 750 a day.
Women require time to heal after giving birth and should not begin to lose
weight quickly. Women should generally wait for their postpartum checkup,
which comes within six weeks of giving birth, before
starting a weight loss program. Prior to that it is safe to do kegels and
pelvic strengthening exercises along with walking.
A doctor will decide how well the mother and baby are healing from the
delivery at the postpartum checkup. During their postpartum checkup, women
may explore weight loss choices with their doctor. If you have concerns
about this earlier, always reach out to your healthcare provider.
What type of nutrition to have?
When you're constantly worrying about a baby, it's tempting to reach for
the chocolate and abandon healthy dieting habits — particularly in the
middle of the night when the rest of the house is sleeping soundly. So here
are some easy, delectable, and nutritious tidbits to help busy moms eat
Healthy granola bars
Cut up vegetables and fresh fruits
Low-fat yogurt sprinkled with dried fruits
YOU ARE CAPABLE!
It is important to stay focused throughout the healing period. Remember the
incredible feat your body went through to get your child into the world and
be kind to yourself. Whatever you're going through in your recovery, know
that you're not alone — you've got this!!
MaternalWell has registered maternal dietitians available for a private
telehealth consultation for weight loss. As always, if you have any general
questions, reach out to our text support.