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Successful Weight Loss After Pregnancy

By Beverley Brooke

How fast you lose weight will depend on a number of factors, including the amount of weight you gained during your pregnancy.

succcessful-weight-loss-after-pregnancy.jpgMost 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 weeks!

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Article by Beverley Brooke, author of How To Ensure A Safe, Healthy Pregnancy And Lose Weight After Pregnancy. Visit her site for more on

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6 Comments on "Successful Weight Loss After Pregnancy"

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6 years 3 months ago

As a husband, i would love my wife turn back her sexiness. I found her gaining too much wait during her i recommend this article to her and to all new moms out there. This is for you! thanks!

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7 years 7 months ago
I totally agree that women should expect that it will take a little bit of time to lose the weight they gained during pregnancy. Its true that breastfeeding helps to lose weight..alot of it actually. As for myself, I was desperate to get back in shape. Hence, i bought these Lytess slimming leggings from They worked great on me! So far, I have lost 2 inches from my hips and my thighs smoothen. I feel so much better about myself now that I can fit into my hugging dresses again. I would recommend this to all the mothers out… Read more »
8 years 18 days ago

I totally agree with your article. I learnt from my friends that have given birth also that breastfeeding does help to lose weight. But i guess some people are just plain lucky as i have 2 friends that got back into shape naturally just a few months after birth!

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