Post-Pregnancy Weight Loss

The Problem
I just had a baby. What can I do to lose weight and stay healthy?

The Solutions

Work out with your baby

Both my children were born in January, and I would bundle them up and walk with my running stroller. Also, I would go swimming and put the baby in his car seat at the edge of the lap lane. Sounds funny, but it worked and I was able to get a workout in. --othermother

Once you feel up to it, go for walks. I have been taking my nine-month-old son for power walks in the stroller since he was an infant. Go first thing in the morning if you can. If you delay, you will find excuses not to go, and the walk is a great way to start your day. You can also invest in a baby backpack. I pop him in and off we go for a walk. If you start this when they are young, you can slowly build up your fitness as they increase in weight. I also find that water aerobics is great for weight loss and toning. --Liset Hagreis

Eat healthy, balanced meals

My recommendation is to eat good balanced meals that include fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish or poultry, and low-fat or non-fat dairy products (your body will need lots of calcium). --S. Angel, R.D., M.Sc.

Try sticking to only fruits and vegetables most of the week and "fleshy" meats only twice a week. I try very hard to make the effort to eat mostly fish and chicken when I do eat meats. --iVillager

Breastfeed

If you are breastfeeding, the weight will definitely come off, without starving yourself and depleting your body of the essential nutrients it needs to make quality milk for your baby. Breastfeeding utilizes more calories than pregnancy by itself -- around 500 calories per day as opposed to 300 during pregnancy. --S. Angel, R.D., M.Sc.

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