Are you desperately trying to lose your post pregnancy weight? Pregnancy and the aftermath may be fun, but the post pregnancy weight loss is stressful!
Losing weight after pregnancy doesn’t need to be—and can’t be—a full-time job. These health pros share the safest and healthiest ways to lose baby weight without sacrificing your sanity.
Losing weight after pregnancy is a hot topic. It’s a headline that gets splashed across magazine covers and becomes immediate fodder for late-night talk shows as soon as a celeb delivers. (See: Beyoncé, Kate Middleton, Chrissy Teigen.) And if you’re like most women who, according to the Centers for Disease Control, gain more weight than what’s officially recommended (25 to 35 pounds for those within a healthy BMI range), then it’s likely you feel pressure to figure out how to lose weight after baby, pronto.
But if you don’t have a celebrity trainer and want to consume more than just juice, all the advice being thrown at you may be confusing. That’s why we tapped medical and fitness experts (who also happen to be moms) to learn the top tips for losing weight after pregnancy. Because if anyone’s going to “get it,” it’s someone who’s been there, done that—and has the education to back it up.
Start with walking.
In an ideal world, “women with healthy pregnancies should never stop exercising pre-delivery,” says Alyse Kelly-Jones, M.D., a board-certified ob-gyn with Novant Health Mintview in Charlotte, North Carolina. Doing so can help you have a safer delivery and improve your well-being, she says. Plus, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reports that prenatal exercise reduces the risk of gestational diabetes and preeclampsia while improving mental health.