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Losing Weight After Pregnancy

When Can I Start and How Much Should I Expect to Lose?

For those who had an uncomplicated vaginal delivery, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says you can start exercising as soon as you feel up to it. For some, this could be as early as two weeks. Most healthcare providers usually recommend waiting at least six weeks or until the first postpartum visit if you had a cesarean section or had any complications with a vaginal birth.
 
On average, a woman will lose 50 percent of her pregnancy weight gain during the first six weeks after delivery, with weight loss slowing through the first six months.
 
After the initial weight loss, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends not losing more than half a pound per week. This is a good guideline for you to follow -- anything beyond that is probably too aggressive and possibly dangerous.
 

Breastfeeding and Its Impact on Losing Weight After Pregnancy

Breastfeeding is a fantastic and completely natural way to make losing weight after pregnancy relatively easy. If you are planning to breastfeed your baby, continue to eat a well-balanced diet to produce enough milk for your baby. As long as you do not have extreme weight loss, you should produce enough milk to allow your baby to gain weight at appropriate levels.
 
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