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How long after giving birth can you start dieting?

September 27th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Was told wait until 6 week check up and others say start dieting when ya go home. When is it ok to start dieting? Had an all natural birth

i just ate healthy and no junk food

  1. Madison
    September 28th, 2012 at 00:33 | #1

    i just ate healthy and no junk food
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  2. Kit
    September 28th, 2012 at 01:04 | #2

    Well if you are breastfeeding you’ve got to make sure you are eating enough to still produce enough milk. You also should give your body a chance to recover from birth before starting heavy excerise. I’d say just eat as much as you need for yourself and to produce milk if you are breastfeeding and stick to light excersise until you are at the six week mark. Good luck.
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  3. Agia
    September 28th, 2012 at 01:44 | #3

    If you’re not breastfeeding you can start dieting immediately, but exercise needs to wait at least 6 weeks. If you are breastfeeding, it is best not to diet until you ween.
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  4. EnGee
    September 28th, 2012 at 02:20 | #4

    It depends on what you consider dieting. First off, giving birth is traumatic to the body. Give yourself time and a break. Trust me you’ll deserve it. Also, are you going to be breastfeeding? If you are, you should be especially mindful of what you put into your body (if you are going that route with diet things, etc). In all honestly, when I went into the hospital I was 172 pounds, my daughter weighed 8 pounds 13 ounces. I was there for three days and when I left I was 152. I breastfed and a month a half later I was my normal weight. Breast feeding helps ALOT. I would suggest avoiding fast food, processed food and excess sugar. I had an all natural childbirth, no drugs, no episiotomy, no stitches. I did however gain weight afterwards.. but that’s another story. Try to avoid anything radical.

    There’s nothing wrong with wanting to get back into shape, but do give yourself a break, even if it’s only for the first few weeks.

    good luck.
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  5. bazil323
    September 28th, 2012 at 02:56 | #5

    If you are breastfeeding, which is very much encouraged if you can, then you will need to have extra calories because so much goes into milk production. You should eat as healthy as you can, and you can carefully balance the calories vs exercise so that you don’t gain weight. I would wait at least 3 months before dieting while breastfeeding, but that’s my humble opinion.

    If you are not breastfeeding, then you can diet as soon as you want, but you’ll still need to be careful not to overdo it since you will still be expending plenty of energy taking care of baby and maybe not getting enough sleep. If you had any tearing or an episiotomy or had a C-section, then you may need to take in plenty of protein to help you heal.
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  6. Tila
    September 28th, 2012 at 03:36 | #6

    As long as your diet isn’t too extreme you can diet straight away, also would advise you to breast feed if you can, because the baby gets what it needs and sucks out what you no longer need. Also exercise is a big thing too. 🙂
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    Common sense

  7. Brianne
    September 28th, 2012 at 04:25 | #7

    It depends on what you mean by "dieting".

    You can always eat healthy foods and avoid junk/processed foods to help lower your weight. I wouldn’t consider that dieting, but eating healthy. Many foods today are packed with sugars and refined ingredients which aren’t really giving you much nutrition. If you mean limiting your calories, then you might want to wait a few weeks to let your body heal itself with nutritious foods and drinks. Even with natural births your body went through something new (if it was your first) and you will probably want to respect your body’s need to heal itself.

    Grape juice was recommended by my midwife after delivery. The dark purple kind, not the white grape juice.

    You just delivered and shouldn’t rush into it. Take some time to relax and recuperate. Even if you didn’t tear or have any obvious wounds your body will still need time to get back to normal. Your uterus is going to need to get back to the normal position in your body and also in size. You can enjoy spending time with your new baby.

    If you are trying to lose the pregnancy weight, then hopefully you are breastfeeding. Not only is it the most nutritious option for your new baby, but breastfeeding helps you lose weight faster too. When breastfeeding you will eat more calories, but you don’t have to eat twice the amount of food. Listen to your body and eat when you are hungry. Don’t go hours without food. You’ll also want to drink plenty of fluids. Have water nearby where you breastfeed and sip constantly throughout the day.

    You can also, depending on your energy levels, start walking. Take the baby out for a stroll each day. You both can benefit from this exercise and fresh air. Then build up exercising depending on how you feel.

    Congrats on your new baby!
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    Mother of a 19 month old, natural water birth at home with no pain medication

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