Lose weight after C-section
Losing weight after C-section can be a bit tricky. Typically, when you want to do it without a try-hard in a reasonably short time.
And the challenge is building up when you live far from your parents and family. As you may not have anyone whom you can ask for help so that you can follow that fabulous slimming program.
Besides, when you just give birth, you will have new things to adapt as a new mom that you may not have time to think about other things apart from your newborn.
And when you have the baby through C-section, in the first 6 weeks after your baby was born you need to concentrate on your recovery after major surgery of the cesarean section.
So, you’ll have a lot to take on that trying to trim your baby fat off can be down low in your to-do-list.
On top of that, if you already have an older child/ children, you will have more things to worry about as you have to look after them as well.
Find out how I lost my baby weight after C-section in less than a year without a try-hard.
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The weight in pregnancy that I had to lose
It’s a dream of every mom to be able to lose weight fast after C-section, isn’t it? But after C-section, we’ll have restrictions on what to do, and how we can get rid of our baby fat.
Because, when we had C-sections, we have two primary recoveries to worry about. Childbirth recovery. And major surgery recovery a.k.a. C-section recovery.
So essentially, your body has a lot to deal with, and it needs time to heal.
Six weeks are the most recommended time-frame for us to recover from C-section.
Therefore, we must be patient and extra careful. The last thing we want is having a problem with the cut and stitches inside our tummies.
Anyway, when I settled with my new routine of being a mom, I realized that I was still huge.
How could I not be large?
My baby was born only at about 7.7 lbs (3.5 kg). And it is said that the weight of the placenta is around 1.5 lbs (0.7 kg), and amniotic fluid is approximately 1.8 lbs (0.8kg). So if you do the maths, of all the 44 lbs (19.9 kg) that I gained in pregnancy, I actually lost only 11 lbs (4.99kg) at childbirth. That’s just a quarter of my total pregnancy weight, which means I still carried an extra 33 lbs. (approx. 15 kg) after birth.
No wonder my size only reduced a bit, from mama elephant seal size to walrus mama size. Whooooaaaa
The thing is, before the baby, I never had a weight problem. I was always within the suggested weight range. So naturally, I felt a bit ugh every time I saw myself in the mirror. Because I looked like I was still pregnant.
And the fact that I was having a postpartum baby-blues weeks after birth didn’t help my confidence at all.
C-section takes time to heal and mend
So, as I was trying to sort out my baby-blues, I thought I should try to look after myself as well so that I could shed those pregnancy fats off me.
But I didn’t set a high target to lose weight fast. Because I didn’t want to put more pressure on myself. Not when I was already struggling with baby-blues that might’ve been postnatal depression.
Instead, I set a goal to get back to my pre-baby weight before my baby’s first birthday. Yes, I gave myself 11 months to be able to lose 33 lbs (about 15 kg) weight.
I thought that should be a reasonable target. Why? Because it took me 9 months to put all those weights on during the pregnancy. So, I thought it would be natural if I try to lose weight within a similar length of time. Hopefully, it wouldn’t give too much of a shock to the system ;-).
Plus, I gave an unprecedented allowance.
That is, if I didn’t achieve to lose all the extra weight, I would settle with as much weight I would become.
Things that helped me lose weight fast after C-section
Although I didn’t set a particular plan on how to do it, there were things that I did that helped me lose weight.
And here they are:
1. Be kind to me
As I mentioned above, I was already having baby-blues. So, I didn’t want to lower my self-esteem even further by being hard on myself about my weight.
I tried to accept the bigger size of me.
Instead of being miserable, I tried to look after myself better.
I took a long shower or bath whenever I could. Mostly when my baby was having a morning nap. And I tried to dress up decently.
Because when you have a baby who needs your constant attention like endless nursing and changing the nappies, chances are you’ll end up looking scruffy. You won’t have time to dress up.
Most of the time, you’d probably wear your PJ’s and nighties. So yeah, I find by changing my clothes to a decent one could uplift my mood as well as an expression of self-care. At least for me.
Although I tried my best to tidy up and clean the house, I tried to understand and forgive myself if I didn’t or couldn’t do all the housework I wanted to do. In other words, I tried to chill and not get stressed up about everything.
I tried to be kind and loving to myself by doing something that can make me smile and happy.
2. Eat well and healthy dietary
We all know about the importance of a healthy diet, don’t we? Even more so when you try to lose weight after C-section.
But the thing is, when you’re stressed or when things are a bit overwhelming, you tend to just grab any food that you can find.
I used to have cravings for junk foods like burgers and pizzas. So, I tried to reduce this by trying to keep better and healthier food at home.
Although I didn’t stop my love affairs with burgers. I tried to cut down as much as possible.
The reason was that I didn’t want to deprive myself of something that I like.
So instead, I cut down on the junk food and tried to make up for eating a more healthy option. That way, I’d feel happy but not as guilty.
When it comes to food, I didn’t really follow any particular diet plan. I just did the basic idea of a healthy diet that is to stay away from too much sugar, fat, and carbs. No fizzy drinks. No fruit juice. And I don’t drink alcohol anyway, so I didn’t have a calorie problem from drinking alcohol. I stick to water really.
3. Rest whenever possible
All moms know how hard it is to sleep and rest during the night when you have a baby. Broken sleep and awake nights are familiar things in the lifestyles of mothers with babies.
Fatigue and exhaustion due to lack of sleep can be detrimental to moms’ well-being.
Even though it was difficult for me to find time to rest during the day, I tried my best to have at least one hour to catnap or just to relax and do nothing.
Typically, I would do it while my baby was napping. Sometimes I would fall asleep, some other time I just laid down and rested. If I got lucky, I’d do this both in the morning and afternoon or early evening. Basically, I tried to relax whenever I could and tried to avoid getting more exhausted than I already was.
4. Stay active
It’s a common knowledge that being physically active can speed up the process of losing weight, isn’t it? And doing exercise can boost our endorphins that are much needed for our well-being and weight management.
But when you just had a C-section, there are only a few types of exercise that you can do. Because of the surgery recovery that you have to worry about, you will have to choose sensibly what exercise you do. Below are the things that I personally do and love doing.
4.1. Walk miles and miles away
One of the things that I did to get rid of my baby blues was walking. I used to walk a lot. Miles and miles away. Everyday. Whenever I felt a bit down, I would just feed my baby and put him in the pram, and off we went.
I started walking when my baby was around 6 weeks old. I didn’t start sooner because I wanted to make sure I was giving my body to heal fully after the C-section.
Besides, the first six-week was quite hard for me. Motherhood was so new to me that I had so much to adapt. Not to mention, the fact that I don’t have my family and friends living nearby to help me. So having to do everything myself after C-section was tough.
But once I started walking, the walks became my regular exercise. Not only did it help me to uplift my mood, but I think it also helped me reduce the weight after the C-section.
For me, to make the most of my walks, I usually did it about an hour after a meal.
So, say if I’d do it in the morning, I’d start walking about an hour after my breakfast. If it was afternoon, I’d go walking for about an hour after I had my lunch. I wouldn’t go strolling near the mealtime. Because I didn’t want to feel hungry when I walked. I found that the hunger pangs after the walk could make me overeat.
4.2. Using a cross-trainer at home
And then my husband bought us a cross-trainer when my baby was about 4 months old. It was perfect timing because it was winter then. Going for a walk with a pram can be a bit tricky when the pavement road is skiddy due to the cold and black ice.
So to make it up, I would spend about half an hour on the cross-trainer instead. And the cross-trainer turned up to be my best friend on the busy days too.
Because sometimes you do get hectic days that you hardly find times to go out for a walk. Spending 20-30 minutes on the cross trainer will help me make up for it.
4.3 Low-impact exercise using YouTube videos
Before I got married, I used to love doing exercise using videos. And my favourites used to be the Jane Fonda series. Lol.
Yes, I’m from that generation. 😉 Gen X.
So, Jane Fonda exercise series was still popular when I was in my mid-20s.
But now I use YouTube. Who doesn’t?
5. Stay positive and motivated to lose weight after C-section
We know that sometimes it can be challenging to stay positive and motivated. Motivating yourself to lose weight after C-section will have ups and downs too.
Especially, when I had a long night due to baby’s teething, etc. All I wanted was to eat and do nothing.
So, on the days when I felt too tired to walk or to exercise, I would take it easy on myself. I’d allow myself to rest more and tell myself that I’ve been doing well so far that it’s ok to have a break from walking a day or two.
Although, most of the time I managed to pull myself up and go for a walk or hop on my cross-trainer or lay out my yoga mat for YouTube videos.
Final thoughts on how to lose weight fast after C-section
Every mom would dream to get back to pre-baby weight after childbirth. And it can be challenging.
But, when you had your baby through C-section, you would have more challenges to try to lose weight.
Because, not only do you have to recover from childbirth, you also have to recover from major surgery which is the C-section. So really, you have to give yourself time to heal first before trying to lose weight fast.
Therefore, in the first six weeks, after I had my baby, I only concentrated on getting used to my new life as a mom. At the same time, I tried to give my body time to heal and rest.
So, six weeks after the C-section, when I felt ready to do a bit of exercise which is walking, I set myself a target to lose weight at the same time.
I was not sure how long it would take me to lose weight, but I gave myself 11 months to try. I didn’t do a fancy diet plan. Nor did I use the gym facility. All I did was trying the following:
- Being kind to myself
- Eat well and healthy
- Take a rest whenever possible
- Go for a walk (almost) every day
- Stay positive and motivated
Finally, I did get back to my pre-baby weight before my baby’s first birthday.
But in hindsight, if I didn’t reach my goal, I wouldn’t have cared. Because really, having your first child is a big life-changer. You have a lot to adjust. So, if I stick to the five things above, I’m sure I’d be okay even if I only lost a bit of weight.
At the end of the day, it’s my well-being and sanity that is more important.
I’m curious about what you think of this weight-loss issue. What would you do to try to lose weight after C-section? Perhaps you have different ideas to share? Let me know in the comments below.
Thank you for reading the post, I hope it gives you some insight. If you like the post, feel free to share and pin it. You may also like my other posts:
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All the best.