How do I lose weight after having a baby?

I was speaking with a friend the other day who’s sister-in-law was only two weeks postpartum. In desperation she was doing stomach crunches and sit ups to aid in getting rid of her belly. Many young mothers are asking “How do I lose weight after having a baby?”
I could not imagine doing strenuous exercise like that to myself right now. That would hurt! Hollywood has damaged the way women look at themselves. We feel as if we have to measure up to some criteria or image.
If it has taken you 9 months to gain 30 or more pounds, you should give yourself 9 months to take it off. Doesn’t that make logical sense? Ah, but it doesn’t make Hollywood sense.
For the first 6 weeks after the baby is born I do practically nothing except take care of the baby, eat and sleep. Yet within about two weeks or less I’m back in my normal clothes. When Levi turned a week I could fit into my clothes. Taking the time to allow your body to heal is the best thing you can do for yourself. Not only your physical body but mentally too. I did not do this until baby 4 and on my first 3 babies I was exactly 9 months postpartum when I fit back into my clothes. Although I rested with baby 4 my diet had not been the best. My last two births, however, I have had proper nutrition and rest. The hard work pays off. I’m extremely careful what I eat on a daily basis while pregnant and even more careful after he’s born because it can give him colic.
I have already mentioned the blood
-type diet so I won’t revisit that. But I’d like to emphasize that after 8 pregnancies, 6 births, and age 38 I can still wear a size 10. We have been on the blood type diet 12 years. This year will be 13. Dr. D’Adamo, the promoter of the BTD, went deeper than just blood type a couple of years back. It goes beyond blood type to your genetics. He calls it the Genotype diet. We have gravitated to this. I would encourage you to look into this, not just for yourself but for your baby as well.
In all practicality I’m going to assume that for the most part you know what causes you to gain weight.
Potato chips
Doritos
Breads
Ice cream
Cakes
Donuts
Candy
And I think you get the idea. So if you’re looking to lose some weight you don’t have to have some diet book tell you what to do; just use a little common sense.
I’m not a huge fan of clinical exercise, the use of machines, or even a set time of day. I prefer a much more organic method to exercise. Such as when you go check your mail jog to the mail box. Hoe your garden. Rake leaves. If you live in the city opt for stairs over elevators. Be creative.
Due to the constant messed up schedule of having a newborn you’re going to frustrate yourself if you try to have some strict regime. You’ll become upset at your baby for interrupting your exercise time or anyone else who tries to demand your attention. Relax. Eat right.
So to the question: “How do I lose weight after having a baby?” Organically exercise and the weight will come off.
In the mean time you might want to purchase a few second hand pieces of clothing a size larger than what you normally wear. Do not replace your wardrobe. You only need a few things just so that you don’t feel fat and overweight.
An exercise I like to do which doesn’t require a machine or time out of my schedule are leg lifts. When I’m laying in bed I’ll slowly lift my leg. Laying on my sides then my back. It’s not much but it will help to pull in all that flab on your abdomen. I would caution you that if it hurts your uterus to do this then wait until you have healed some more.

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