How to Lose your Baby Weight
There seems to have been a recent baby boom around me. Many friends and colleagues are expecting or have recently given birth, A really special time for new mummys.
The sad thing for me is that this special time often comes with a dose of emotional and physical worries for many of my female patients, who tell me that they have lost their body confidence after pregnancy and want help to lose their baby weight.
I feel that the press places unnecessary pressures on women, pregnant or not and are pushing women to embark on unsafe crash diets and excessive exercise regimes.
We see celebrities like Katie Price and Kim Kardashian appearing to be unbelievable multitaskers, adapting to motherhood and reclaiming their incredible bodies within weeks of giving birth. How is it so easy for them but so difficult for the rest of us ?
Women often want to know what they should be doing after giving birth, to shift that baby weight but more importantly they want to know how to do it safely. At my Nuriss Skincare and Wellness Clinic in London, we provide Post Pregnancy Mummy Makeover packages and also sensible diet and lifestyle advice, for those wanting guidance to get back into shape.
Firstly, advice varies from person to person according to their age, general health, type of delivery and so on. In general though, I advise women to give themselves time to recover from the pregnancy and delivery.
As per National Guidelines, I encourage women to breastfeed, this can aid weight loss, encourage mother-baby bonding and breast milk also helps to boost babies immune system.
Women are advised not to diet whilst breastfeeding, as this can affect the milk supply and the quality of the milk. Dieting too soon can leave mums feeling exhausted and will delay their recovery back to full health. Women who feed their babies with breast milk only for the first six months may need an additional 330 calories per day but this may differ between individuals.
The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology states that if the pregnancy and delivery are uncomplicated, a mild exercise programme consisting of walking, pelvic floor exercises and stretching may begin immediately. Women should not resume high impact activity too soon after birth.
After complicated deliveries or Caesareans, a medical professional should be consulted before resuming pre-pregnancy levels of physical activity.
The 6-8 week Post-Natal check appointment is a good opportunity to get advice about diet and exercise from your GP.
Overall, I encourage women to consult their GP or Midwife about ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle before, during and after their pregnancy