Please don’t throw anything at me when I tell you this, but I weigh less now than I did before I got pregnant with Kaelyn, my first child, and definitely less than I did when I got pregnant with Brenden.
Now that he is a year old and I can officially say that I’ve lost all of my baby weight and then some, I was thinking about what I’ve done over the past year, or changes that I made, that helped me to take the weight off without actually working very hard at it (I’m ducking and covering my face with my hands right about now).
I will say that obviously every person is different and every situation is different, these things may help you to lose weight too, or they may not help at all. I am no doctor, these are just my own personal tips, things that I found worked for me.
Taking Off the Baby Weight
- Breastfeeding. I think this is probably the most important one. Nursing burns a lot of calories (about 500 a day) and requires a lot of energy from your body. But, you don’t have to do anything except sit in a chair, or lay in your bed, with your baby. This is especially great in the early weeks, when you’re supposed to be getting lots of rest and before you can really do much physical exercise, and it’s obviously a great way to bond with your baby too. I still nurse my one year old 3-4 times per day, and sometimes once at night too. It’s actually important that I keep my food intake up to make sure that I have enough calories to feed my body and him too.
- Wear Your Baby. I love babywearing. There are just so many benefits of it, for both the baby and mother. And if you start while your baby is little, as they gradually grow and grow, pretty soon it will be nothing to carry around 20+ pound toddler when they are a year old! I still wear Brenden at least once a day. Sometimes to run errands, sometimes to take a walk, sometimes to put him to sleep, and sometimes just to get a few things done around the house. Wearing your baby often will turn simple things like housework or grocery shopping into something that is more physical exercise for your body.
- Drink Water. This one also goes a long with breastfeeding. You need to make sure that you are taking in lots of liquids when you are nursing your baby. But, since B was born, we pretty much only drink water and milk (and coffee in the mornings!) at our house. We completely stopped buying soda, juice and other types of drinks. This means if I’m thirsty I drink water. And lots of it. Water helps to make you feel full, and is cleansing to your system. There are so many good reasons to drink lots of water – it’s cheap (or free) too!
- Exercise. Now I can’t say that this one played a huge role in me loosing my baby weight because I have not been super consistent with exercising. But, I do try to be kind of regular about getting in some exercise. Lately it’s been running or walking, and my hubby and I just ran a 5K together, which was fun. But, during the winter I would try to do exercise videos in the morning before the kids got up. Doing some kind of exercise is definitely better than doing nothing!
- Eat Whole Foods. I can’t really be sure about the impact that this one has had on my weight loss because I’m not perfect at eating this way all the time. But, I do know that since B was born we have been slowly changing the way that we eat and have cut out so many processed foods from our diet and strive to eat whole foods as much as we can. I cook a lot from scratch, we only use real butter, we drink whole milk and eat full fat dairy products, we use coconut oil and olive oil and other fats without worry, and generally don’t count calories or worry about what we eat except to make sure we are reading ingredient labels and avoiding ingredients that we have decided we don’t want to be a part of our diet. It definitely has not hurt me to eat in this way, I feel healthy and have never had an easier time loosing weight than I have over the past year. I have to attribute at least part of this to the changes in our eating that we have made.
So, those are the things that have helped me lose my baby weight over the past year. I know the toll that having a baby takes on your body, your time and your energy, yet losing their baby weight afterward is something that always seems to be on a new mom’s mind.
I don’t believe that getting back to pre-baby weight is something that we should worry or obsess about too much, if at all, because all that does is take away from the great joy of adding a precious new baby to your family. Most of all, take the time to enjoy your baby, because they always grow up too fast!