Today marks five weeks since our baby was born, and I definitely have at least 10 pounds to shed before I'll be back to an okweight - 15 would be ideal. I've been trying to walk at least every other day for 30-40 minutes, but I can tell sometimes it's still too much for my body. (My midwife did tell me full exercise shouldn't begin until six weeks but at four weeks I could start doing more, like walking.) I've also been practicing a little bit of yoga, namely a DVD called Postnatal Yoga, which I've been enjoying, especially for my back. It's frustrating because I just want the weight to fall off, but I guess I'll just have to be patient.
This online article, Star moms share their weight loss secrets, has some relevant points to consider for any new mom trying to bounce back to their normal weight after baby.
- Figure out what motivates you and choose a regimen you'll be able to continue once your weight loss goal is met.
- "Breastfeeding can help women burn an extra 500 to 600 calories a day. In fact, breastfeeding mothers tend to lose more weight when their babies are three to six months old than formula-feeding moms who consume fewer calories, according to the La Leche League, a Schaumburg, Ill.- based not-for-profit that encourages women to nurse."
- It helps to begin your pregnancy at a fit weight and continue to exercise while expecting - and this helps me now how? Actually, I was in pretty good shape before conception - thank goodness!