Postpartum: Weight Loss

Many Next Jumpers have become new parents.  Here are three ideas to help moms get in shape while maintaining caloric requirements for breastfeeding.

#1: Continue to breastfeed!

Moms who breastfeed achieve their pre-pregnancy weight faster than moms who do not.  According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, exclusive breastfeeding can eliminate postpartum weight retention at the six month marker.(1)  The reason why breastfeeding helps with weight loss is because it burns calories– up to 600 per day!

#2: Exercise is your middle name

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that moms resume an individualized exercise program gradually after pregnancy.(2)  Walking, yoga, pilates, cycling, swimming and non-impact sports are some of the approved exercises moms can perform a few days postpartum if she had a normal delivery.  Some doctors restrict exercise until six weeks postpartum; thus, it is imperative to speak with the doctor first before resuming an exercise program.

#3: Eat real food

Real food is the kind that grows from the ground or raised on a local, organic farm.  Women who are trying to lose pregnancy weight should stick to the healthy basics: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats.  For example, lunch may be a half of a turkey sandwich made on whole grain bread, a side of carrot sticks, a piece of fruit, and a glass of skim or 1% milk.

Here is a sample daily food plan from BabyCenter for healthy post-baby weight loss.

(1) American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

(2) American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

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