Post C-Section Weight Loss
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Cesarean delivery also known as a C-section delivery is a surgical procedure used to deliver a baby through an incision in the mother’s abdomen and a second incision in the mother’s uterus.
A C-section might be planned ahead of time if you develop pregnancy complications or you’ve had a previous C-section and aren’t considering vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Often, however, the need for a first-time C-section doesn’t become obvious until labor is under way.[/cro_accordionitem][cro_accordionend]
How to Lose Weight After a Cesarean Section
Doctors warn against crash diets or rigorous exercise programs directly after delivery. This is especially true if you had a baby via c-section.
A cesarean section is a serious abdominal surgery. Your body needs time to rest and recover more so than after a traditional vaginal birth. This may put a slight delay on your plans to get your pre-baby body back. Still, there are things you can do immediately Post C-Section Weight Loss.
[cro_callout text=”STEP 1: Breastfeed your baby.” layout=”1″ color=”1″]
According to the research published in the April 2003 Journal of the American Dietetic Association, it is proved that women who breast-fed their babies lost more weight than women who did not.
That’s because your body uses extra calories to create and store breast milk. Most women are able to breast-feed their babies shortly after a C-section. Even if you can’t physically lift your babies, you can pump your milk, alone or with assistance.
[cro_callout text=”STEP 2 : Begin a light exercise program. ” layout=”1″ color=”1″]
Wait until six weeks after surgery to begin exercising, as this is the minimum amount of time your body needs to heal from surgery. Start slowly by taking daily walks as walking is a safe and is a suitable exercise for women who have recently had a cesarean section.
[cro_callout text=”STEP 3 : Never let your calories dip below 1,200.” layout=”1″ color=”1″]
If you eat fewer than 1,200 calories, your body will respond as if you are starving and will begin to slow your metabolism to conserve energy. Your body needs adequate amounts of calories and the nutrients from an abundant supply of food to repair itself and to maintain its milk supply. Eat several small meals per day that consist mainly of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. More frequent, smaller meals help keep blood sugar stable and prevent overeating.
[cro_callout text=”STEP 4 : Strengthen your abdominal muscles.” layout=”1″ color=”1″]
Begin by taking deep breaths and expanding your abdominal cavity. Hold this expansion for a few seconds, then exhale slowly. Repeat up to ten times to begin rebuilding abdominal strength. Once your doctor clears you for exercise, try pelvic tilts, light crunches to build your abdominal muscles.
[cro_callout text=”STEP 5 : Monitor how much weight you’re losing.” layout=”1″ color=”1″]
Post C-Section Weight Loss should be slow and steady. Avoid losing more than 1 to 2 lbs. per week to help keep up your milk supply and to avoid passing toxins released from body fat to your baby.
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Pregnancy and delivery cause major changes in your body. From abdominal pain to mood changes, here’s what to expect during C-section recovery.
If you’re planning a Cesarean delivery or you want to be prepared in case you need to have a C-section, you might have questions about the recovery process:
- How much discomfort will you experience?
- How long will it take for your incision to heal?
- What breast-feeding positions might work best for you?
[cro_accordionitem title=”Treat your C-section incision with care” item=”active” ]It takes about four to six weeks for a C-section incision to heal. During the C-section recovery process, discomfort and fatigue are common. To promote healing:
- Take it easy. Rest when possible. Try to keep everything that you and your baby might need within reach.
- For the first couple of weeks, avoid lifting anything heavier than your baby.
- Support your abdomen. Use good posture when you stand and walk. Hold your abdomen near the incision during sudden movements, such as coughing, sneezing or laughing.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Drinking lots of fluids can help replace those lost during delivery and breast-feeding, as well as help prevent constipation. Remember to empty your bladder frequently to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections.[/cro_accordionitem][cro_accordionend]
[cro_callout text=”Look for signs of infection” layout=”1″ color=”1″]
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- The incision is red, swollen or leaking discharge
- You have a fever higher than 100.4 F (38 C)
- You experience increasing pain around your incision[/cro_accordionitem][cro_accordionend]
It took nine months to gain your baby weight, so give yourself adequate time to get back to your pre-baby body.
By Ruchi Shah
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