How to Lose Weight After a C-Section: Get Your Body Back in Shape
The weight loss journey is never easy. But the road to recovery after a C-section can be especially difficult, with many factors that make it virtually impossible to lose weight. Below we have outlined some of the things that you can do to ease this journey.
What You Need to Know
C-sections are a necessary evil during pregnancy.
You’re taking the life-saving option and accepting a slightly longer and more complicated pregnancy.
However, the C-section does mean you have to plan around a lack of abdominal support.
In other words, the weight is coming off your body instead of your belly.
And, unfortunately, it’s going to take longer than planned to put it back on once you have your baby in your arms.
Not to mention, a C-section can result in extra fluids and stored breast milk hanging around your stomach, making it even more difficult to lose weight after your baby is born.
What’s more, many women are recovering from a C-section within four to six weeks.
While there’s no magic cure for weight loss after a C-section, there are certain steps you can take to get back on the right track after having the procedure.
After spending your entire pregnancy focusing on getting as healthy as possible, you want to focus on maintaining your weight gain while you’re recovering from the surgery and all the postpartum changes that will take place.
To do that, follow the ACOG guidelines for women who have a C-section.
Get plenty of sleep, eat nutritious meals, drink lots of water and make sure you’re active for the first few weeks of recovery. Examples of nutritious meals that you should take, include;
*Green Leafy vegetables e.g spinach, and kales
*Lots of fruits e.g. mangoes, oranges, pawpaws, etc.
*Whole grain e.g. brown rice, oatmeal, millet, etc,
What Workouts are good for C-section Moms?
The recovery from a C-section will be different for everyone, but a lot of us find that taking a long maternity leave from exercise isn’t an option—and given that having a C-section can lead to weakened muscles and increased risk of getting gestational diabetes, it makes sense to avoid intense exercise for a while.
So you’re not alone if you don’t feel like hopping back into a regular workout routine right away.
But while you’re resting up and waiting to start getting back into a routine, what kinds of workouts are good for you to maintain afterward?
And what shouldn’t you do?
Experts we spoke with all agree that—even though you’re not particularly interested in exercise—you should be at least walking, and certainly no farther than the end of the hospital wing.
Also, don’t carry anything heavier than your newborn baby. You don’t want to mess with the wound.
When Can I Start Working Out Again?
Start with some gentle exercise.
Some simple walking or yoga is fine, but avoid strenuous activities, especially with your uterus still healing.
Take it slow.
The most important thing is to listen to your body.
If you feel nauseous, shaky, or weak, sit it out.
As you begin to feel better, slowly add some light exercise like walking or swimming to your routine.
Continue to do light physical activity throughout your pregnancy, and after delivery, your doctor may recommend you go for short walks or easy, seated walks.
Once your body has fully healed, you can start going back to a walking routine, but listen to your body.
Some people are unable to do this for several months.
C-sections can have many health implications for both mother and baby.
Just as they are a lifesaving intervention, they are also a complex medical event and should be taken very seriously.
Read more about how C-sections affect mother and baby, how to help your baby recover, and what to do when breastfeeding feels stressful.