Doctors recommend that women gain between 25 and 35 pounds during pregnancy. However, nearly half exceed that amount. Even if you stay within the recommended weight gain, the additional pounds are difficult for many to lose. Dr. Hayama Brill and Dr. Kamila Agayeva at Advanced OBGYN, in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Upper East Side, offer several ways to help you lose your baby weight. Call or make an appointment online today.
When you pack for your hospital stay, don’t pack your pre-pregnancy jeans. It typically takes up to a year before you get down to where you were before your pregnancy. However, don’t lose hope. By the time they make their postpartum visits to Advanced OBGYN, many women report having lost about half of the baby weight.
It’s best to wait at least six weeks to two months before beginning a weight loss regimen. Otherwise, you may interfere with your body’s ability to recover. And if you’re breastfeeding, you should know that drastically cutting calories affects your milk supply.
Just like everyone else fighting the battle of the bulge, the best way to succeed with postpartum weight loss is with diet and exercise. Drs. Brill and Agayeva recommend that you:
Skipping meals often leads to feelings of exhaustion and overeating later. It’s best to eat five or six small meals throughout the day.
Your diet should include foods with fiber and protein. Limit the processed foods you consume, as well as sugary drinks and foods high in fat and sodium. Broiling and baking your food is healthier than frying it, and be sure to drink plenty of water.
Along with helping you plan meals, Drs. Brill and Agayeva offer HCG injections to help with post-pregnancy weight loss. The doctors at Advanced OBGYN also provide weekly screenings with a special in-body instrument that shows how your body is changing.
The potential consequences of not losing weight after pregnancy include:
However, even if it takes you over two years to lose weight and you never get back into your old jeans, you should accept your body’s changes and take pride in your healthy lifestyle.
If you’re struggling with postpartum weight loss and want help, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Hayama Brill and Dr. Kamila Agayeva at Advanced OBGYN, in Brooklyn and Manhattan.