Your Questions About Losing Weight After Baby

by Maricela on January 15, 2013

Richard asks…

How will i lose the weight after she is born?

I am 23 weeks now, and have already gained 6lbs, I am considered overweight, and am worried about losing the post baby weight.
I plan on walking a lot after she is born, and I plan to breastfeed.
What are some tips on how to lose weight after your baby is born?

Maricela answers:

When I have weight to lose I book time at the local swimming pool and then I swim every day.
I am just about to get into doing just that as I keep on putting it off and I am now fatter than ever before!

Good luck with your baby girl 🙂

Lisa asks…

what is the best protein shake to lose weight?

i NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT! i had a baby 4 months ago and most of the baby fats still on me! i dont have a car i feel upset every time i look in the mirror and i hardly have any money, what is the best protein shake?or even if anyone has any tips on weight loos please let me know! iv started swimming and yoga.

Maricela answers:

Swimming and yoga are great exercise. Aim for 45-60 minutes swimming 3-5 times/week as well as the yoga.

Forget protein shakes. They are loaded with calories. You will gain, not lose weight. You need to eat healthy real food and exercise to lose weight and keep it off. Plus, they are expensive. Rather than buying shakes or meal replacement drinks or bars, spend your money on fresh fruits and veggies.

Cut out sweets, seconds, and junk including processed foods and things made from white flour. Use the whole grain version instead like whole wheat or multi-grain bread, whole wheat pasta (which I actually prefer), and brown rice. Drink only water. However, allow yourself one small cheat a week. This keeps you from feeling deprived and gives you something to look forward to the rest of the week.

Try dividing your plate into quarters. First fill half with fruits and veggies, The other quarters are for the lean protein and whole grain carb. This will help limit your calories and ensure you get plenty of fruits and veggies.

When shopping consider an 80/20 principle. 80 percent of the food should have no label like from the produce section or be whole foods like fresh lean meats, eggs, rice, dry beans, and oatmeal. Bagged veggies (frozen or fresh) without sauce count here as well, but not canned The other 20 should be healthy things with labels like whole grain pasta, cereal, and bread; natural cheese; low sodium spaghetti sauces; and dairy. Avoid heavily processed foods. You’ll do most of your shopping from the outer aisles.

Ken asks…

How do you lose weight after pregnancy?

My son is now two and I have been trying to lose weight since I have had my baby. During my pregnancy I gain around 65 pounds; my pre-pregnancy weight was 135. Right now I am 160 and still trying my best t get to at least 140 but it’s so hard. As for my tummy, while it’s not saggy, it’s not as firm as it was before I had my son. Are there any tips that I can follow as it relates to changing my excercise regimen (I do at least 3 times a week: 20 minutes on the stair climber, 20 minutes on the tredmill, and at least 30 miuntes weight training and abdominal work) and diet.
I also had a c-section

Maricela answers:

Your diet probably has everything to do with why you’re not losing weight. Once you get used to intaking the amt. Of food you do when pregnant, it’s hard to train your body back to thinking it doesn’t need all that extra anymore….try eating a good breakfast, the most important meal, literally, then a light lunch, and a sensible dinner. Your portions should all be as small as your fist, and eat slower (this will fill you up faster). Continue your regimen at the gym, this is great! But instead of 20 min of each cardio, move up to 25, then 30 min..you need MORE cardio than weight training. Do 100 crunches (all different ways) a day. I promise, if you go by what I just said, you’ll start seeing results w/in a week, dramatic results in two…just stick with it and keep your head up. It sucks to be a woman sometimes, huh? Lol

Carol asks…

How to lose weight while pregnant?

I need to lose at least 30lbs before delivery for both mine and the baby‘s benefit. Doc says its okay for a woman my size to lose weight while pregnant because I’ve got enough fat stores to fulfil the baby‘s caloric needs. I’m due 11/7 so I’m 6 weeks.
Oh, also I was in the process of losing weight until I found out I’m pregnant. I was using medifast(can’t continue because ketosis harms the fetus)now, that I’ve stopped using medifast, I’ve already picked up 4lbs! How do I reverse this gain and continue going DOWN the scale?
Thanks everyone!

Maricela answers:

I’m in my fourth month of pregnancy. I don’t know my weight for certain, but I think I’ve stayed steady. My pre-pregnancy clothes still fit, and despite the baby pudge in my abdomin and my bigger breasts, I don’t notice much difference. (Well, one of my bras doesn’t fit anymore, but others do and I have some bigger ones from when I was bigger that work, too. However, my other bras still fit, especially since one has stretchy cups that I wear under tank tops which I wear under blouses.)

Even before my pregnacny, I stuck with whole natural foods, eating them as close as to what God made them. It’s not only good for me, but good for my baby as well. I didn’t get in the habit of using the treadmill. (It broke before the 30 days return expired, so my husbnad returned it. It worked out. It’s more or less spring so I’ll start outdoor walking again and the money turned out to be needed for repairs on my husband’s car. As I told my husband when he made the comment about the money, God blesses how God sees fit. I digress.)

I also stay away from most processed, pre-made food. Exceptions include my veggie burgers and chick’n; The whole wheat bread that’s in the fridge (I should make some more, but I was sick last week and we were out so we picked some up at the store; I buy the light kind where the corn syrup listing is lower on the list) cold cereal (that I have with vanilla soy milk) and some canned foods, like the Progresso soup. (It’s healthier than Campbell’s, no corn syrup, and it tastes better. It’s great for lunches or dinners when I have no energy or desire to cook.) I also have canisters of quick oats, but it’s just oats that are lightly processed (over regular oats) so they cook quicker. (Instant oatmeal is more processed and has stuff added to it for the flavorings an preservatives and is more expensive anyway.)

I don’t eat meat or dairy or eggs and I generally stay away from fried foods, unless I know it’s natural, i.e., stir fry.

If your doctor is agreeable to you losing weight, then talk with him/her. S/He will have suggestions. Also, there are some pregnancy boards (iVillage comes to mind) where you can also talk with other moms who would have suggestions. Also, post this on the pregnancy Answers section and request site links, too.

Anyway, I hope I’ve been of some help.

Laura asks…

How dangerous is losing weight during pregnancy?

I’ve noticed although I am almost 30 weeks pregnant I am losing weight. My arms and legs are skinnier and my engagement ring which fitted perfectly keeps slipping off my finger. I am naturally small anyway, uk size 8 weighing about 50kg before pregnancy. My bump is huge and baby seems to be doing fine. I have had awful morning sickness which I am still suffering with now which makes it difficult to eat and I’m just turned off food.
Is this dangerous? Any advice from women who have experienced the same thing?

Maricela answers:

Some women who are very small or who have a lot of nausea do have trouble gaining weight and even lose weight. Your best bet is to discuss this with your care provider. If your baby is doing well so far that is good. There are medications they can give you which will quell the nausea and improve your appetite. Your baby can only take from the resources that are available in your body, so not taking in enough calories can be a significant problem. Your body can draw off your fat stores for energy but you will be lacking certain nutrients and vitamins.

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