You will need a lot of patience and persistence to lose pregnancy weight because paying attention to your diet and adequate physical activity may be very challenging next to a baby requiring attention virtually 24/7. The good news is that it can be done although you probably will not look as fit as celebrity moms in such short period of time nor you should no matter if you are breastfeeding or not. After all, it took nine months to gain all that extra weight and trying to lose it within a month is both unrealistic and unhealthy.
How soon you will lose pregnancy weight depends on several factors including the amount of weight you have gained. You will most likely come across various tips and weight loss plans that promise dramatic weight loss in a very short period of time but you are highly recommended to stay away from them, in the first place fast weight loss diets. The importance of a healthy and nutritionally balanced diet cannot be emphasized enough, especially if you are breastfeeding. Your baby depends on the nutrients he or she receives from your milk. However, this does not give you an excuse not to make any dietary changes because you can still reduce your daily caloric intake and obtain all the essential nutrients at the same time. Focus on foods high in essential nutrients and low in calories such as fruits and vegetables, fish, lean meat, chicken, low-fat dairy products and whole grains but make sure that you do not reduce your daily caloric intake too dramatically. You should receive at least 1,800 calories a day, especially if you are breastfeeding although breastfeeding seems to burn calories and may actually help you achieve your pre-pregnancy weight sooner.
Dietary changes alone will not help you achieve your pre-pregnancy weight and you cannot avoid adequate physical activity if you want to lose pregnancy weight. You can start with mild exercise few days after childbirth if you had an uncomplicated delivery and feel ready for exercise although your mom will perhaps tell you to wait at least six weeks. This is due to the fact that women used to be instructed to wait at least six weeks after childbirth before starting to exercise but most health experts agree that it is completely safe to start earlier. However, be sure to consult with your doctor about timing and type of exercise if you had a Caesarean section or complicated birth. Also, start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and duration of exercise, and do not forget to drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise. Stop exercise immediately and seek medical attention if you experience severe vaginal bleeding, pain in your abdominal area, shortness of breath or dizziness.
A healthy weight loss after pregnancy foresees loss of no more than 1 pound per week. This may seem little but if you have gained 25 to 35 pounds by the time of labor, you may be able to achieve your pre-pregnancy weight within about three to four months because you have lost at least 10 pounds during childbirth (the weight of your baby, loss of amniotic fluid, etc.). However, if you were overweight before pregnancy or gained more weight than the recommended 25 to 35 pounds you will need more time to achieve a healthy body weight.