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The average pregnancy weight gain is between 25 and 35 pounds, however, that number is just a general estimate. Women who typically have 10 pounds babies will likely gain more weight. Multiples, twins, and triplets or more, will also result in additional weight gain.

No matter how much weight is gained or how healthy the woman has been eating, there will be at least a few pounds left over after the baby is born. Though you may want to try and lose that weight immediately after giving birth, losing weight should not be a goal of any new mother until at least six weeks after the baby is born.

Exercise and Weight Loss After Baby

Exercise is allowed for most women throughout the pregnancy, and if you exercised during pregnancy, you will likely have an easier time losing weight after your baby is born. There is also nothing wrong with walking daily from the first day after birth, but don't try to burn calories until your body has healed.

Dieting And Breast Milk

Producing breast milk requires 500 to 600 calories every day. If you breastfeed, you need to make sure you are eating at least that many calories in excess of your basal metabolic rate. If you stay around 2100 to 2200 calories a day, you should be fine. Cutting back calories too early can result in milk ducts drying up and the baby having to switch to infant formula.

Helpful Tips For Easier Weight Loss

During the first weeks after birth, try eating more fruits and vegetables. You may have reduced hunger for a few weeks after giving birth, so take advantage of this time to learn new and healthier eating habits. Try to drink at least eight 8 ounce glasses of water every day. When breastfeeding, this number should be the bare minimum.

Best Postpartum Exercises

The best postpartum exercise is walking. Walking is easy on the body and costs nothing. If you feel up to it, you can walk while pushing the stroller or take a bit of time to yourself, grab a sitter, and walk alone.

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