How fast you lose weight will depend on a
number of factors, including the amount of weight you gained during
Most women will lose anywhere from 10-14
pounds within the first 2 weeks of delivery. This weight may be
attributed primarily to the loss of excess fluid in the body, the
baby's weight, the placenta and amniotic fluid. Some women might
lose a little bit less, and others might lose a little bit more.
As the uterus shrinks back down to its normal
size and your hormone levels continue to fall, you will lose weight.
Most women gain at least 7 pounds of fat during pregnancy. This fat
is meant to help women store energy while breastfeeding. How fast
this weight comes off will depend on a number of factors including:
genetics, your overall health, diet and exercise.
You should expect that it will take a little
bit of time to lose the weight you gained during pregnancy. It did
after all take you nine months to put that weight on! Many women
have successfully lost weight however, in just a few short months
after a delivery.
Some women will hang on to the last few pounds
they have to lose until they stop breastfeeding. Your body may want
to cling to a few extra pounds to ensure you have enough energy to
provide adequate milk for the baby. Every woman's experience is
unique with respect to this.
The good news is that with a solid nutritional
program and with moderate exercise, you can expect to lose the
weight you gained during pregnancy within a reasonable time frame.
Most women will be back to their pre pregnancy
weight within nine months of delivering IF they follow a regular
exercise program and eat healthily after delivery. That said some
women will lose their pregnancy weight in as little as six to twelve