Losing Weight after C-Section Delivery
The C-Section delivery might take a toll on a woman’s health. Since it is a serious abdominal injury, your body needs adequate time to rest and recover. In fact, it will need more time to recover than in the case of natural or vaginal birth. No wonder most women need to wait for a long time before they can start off with the plans to get into shape.
Don’t worry; there are many things you can do right after the surgery to ensure slow yet steady weight loss.
Here are some steps to follow:
Step 1: Breastfeeding
This is important. You must breastfeed your baby to ensure fast weight loss. This is because your body uses extra calories to create and store breast milk. Most women can breast-feed their babies shortly after a C-section. In case, you aren’t really fit to lift your babies, you can pump your milk.
Step 2: Light Exercise Program
Make sure you start with a light exercise program. Doctors usually recommend waiting until six weeks after surgery to start exercising. Understand that this is the minimum amount of time your body requires to heal from surgery. Make sure you start slowly by taking daily walks.
Step 3: Don’t Starve
Most women think that consuming leas calories will do the trick. However, it is important that you don’t let to calorie intake dip below 1,200. Eating less than 1,200 calories can make your body respond similar to conditions when you starve. The metabolism will slow down to conserve energy.
Understand that your body requires adequate amounts of calories and the nutrients to repair itself and to maintain regular milk supply. So make sure you eat several small meals each day that comprises mainly of fruits, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. More frequent, smaller meals help maintain blood sugar of the body and prevent overeating.
Step 4: Abdominal Muscles
First, it is important to strengthen your abdominal muscles. So start off by taking deep breaths and expanding the abdominal cavity. You need to hold on to this expansion for a few seconds and then exhale slowly. You should repeat up to ten times in order to start rebuilding abdominal strength.
Step 5: Get Green Signal
The moment your doctor gives you green signal for exercise, start doing pelvic tilts, kegel exercises and some light crunches. This is very important to build your abdominal muscles.
Step 6: Monitor your Weight
You need to keep a check on how your body is responding to weight loss. You must avoid losing over 1-2 lbs. per week if breastfeeding.
Step: 7 Understand
Understand that it took about nine months to gain your baby weight. Hence, you must give yourself enough time to get back to your pre-baby body.