Weight after childbirth: how to get back to your balanced weight quickly and easily

[Article updated on 19/09/2023]

Have you ever heard the expression “it takes 9 months to do, 9 months to undo”?

Before reading on

I’m not an expert in this field, but I am passionate about nutrition and health.

The articles you’ll find on my site are the result of in-depth research that I’d like to share with you. However, I would like to stress that I am not a health professional and that my advice should in no way replace that of a qualified physician. I’m here to guide you, but it’s important that you consult a professional for specific questions or medical concerns. Your well-being is important. So be sure to consult the appropriate experts and take the best possible care of yourself.

Well that’s false! Yes, this preconceived idea that the weight gained during pregnancy will take so long to lose is just a false belief… Some women lose their pounds in 1.5 months, others keep them off forever… So is it is it a matter of luck? Metabolism?

In this article I will reveal to you how to get your figure back and answer the question “is it really possible to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight so quickly?” “.

For this I give you my experience and my tips as a young mother and Dietitian-Nutritionist so that you too can become a mother, nay, a woman who is comfortable in her shoes and in her head!

Experience sharing

Let me introduce myself, Clélia D’angelo, Dietitian Nutritionist and Hypnotherapist.

During my pregnancy I gained 16kg and I lost 15 after 2 months postpartum very easily and above all naturally. Without depriving myself, without calculating!

I’ll explain to you how I did it.

First of all, I would like to alert you to one point: as we know, the body and the mind are closely linked… When the mind is in trouble, the body can only suffer the consequences. Baby blues and/or postpartum depression are very real ailments that you need to treat in order to successfully regain your balance. As long as you are in this distress it will be difficult, if not impossible, for you to put your energy elsewhere when in the “I’m trying not to drown, to keep my head above water” and therefore to be at home. Listen to your body to find your shape.

We are now ready to dissect this weighty subject… Postpartum pounds…

Yes, in a few weeks you can regain your pre-pregnancy weight, but I cannot delude you by telling you that it is your pre-pregnancy body that you will regain! This one has lived, transformed, deformed, experienced the passage of a baby or the cut of a cesarean… Perhaps you have stretch marks, enlarged hips, less plump breasts… But what you What is most precious to you is this life with you that loves you so much!

However, feeling good in your body is essential! Our body is our vehicle, it takes us everywhere, gives us extraordinary experiences, so it is our duty to take care of it, to reconnect with it and not forget it in a closet or hide it. under clothes that are much too loose and dark.

My 3 key tips for getting back into shape

Tip #1: Drink herbal teas and water

Draining your body as much as possible will help you eliminate all the toxins accumulated during pregnancy (and/or since childbirth).

On average, I invite you to drink 3 to 4 infusions per day and at least 1.5 liters of water every day for the first 2 to 3 weeks postpartum. Gradually you can reduce and reach 2 infusions/day with still 1.5 liters of water/day after 2 months.

Coffee and tea should be put aside at the beginning and reintroduced only after about 1 month, gradually. In a report, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) advises not to exceed approximately three cups of coffee/day.

How to drink more?

  • Always have a bottle of water on hand or your infusion bags (easy to take with you). Slip a small bottle into your handbag, keep a large one at home or at your office. At home, if you have a carafe of water, place it on your kitchen table, in your dining room or in your refrigerator if you prefer cold water.
  • Vary the pleasures so as not to tire your palate. There are so many varieties of infusions, all plants have their virtues… Fennel to boost lactation, thyme for the immune system, verbena facilitates sleep and digestion, chamomile, lime blossom,… Try them all!
  • Establish rituals such as drinking a glass of water every morning when you wake up, another when you arrive at work, drinking an infusion in the morning, after lunch then dinner, etc. This will help you more easily introduce this new gesture and keep it for the long term.
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Tip #2: Eat fiber and make the effort to cook

The fiber family, vegetables and fruits for the richest, have a satietogenic effect, that is to say they fill you up quickly, provide vitamins and minerals, in short, are excellent for your health!

Consuming it at each meal is therefore a step to take to regain your pre-pregnancy weight. Get in the habit of integrating them into your dishes every day and if it’s difficult for you to vary, follow the seasonality, it will do it for you!

Cooking is essential but not essential to regain your pre-pregnancy weight! You can eat industrial foods if you wish and you will still be able to lose your pounds by applying the advice given, however your health and your energy will not be there!

Thanks to home cooking you will know what you are really eating and avoid consuming additional hidden sugars, fat or salt!

Cooking is taking care of yourself, your health and without a doubt what will help you regain your figure in the most natural way possible.

Taking the time to cook must be one of your priorities, it is a choice that is yours and without a doubt the best one for getting on the path to your new habits.

Only 15 to 20 minutes of preparation on average per meal… A few minutes of data for years saved!

Tip #3: Respect your eating sensations

Hunger : Feeling the sensation of hunger allows you to regulate your excess eating, it is a benchmark that you must respect as often as possible in order to sustainably maintain your weight loss. It also allows you to enjoy eating and not eat out of compulsion (emotional, etc.).

Satiety: To perceive it well, it is necessary to be hungry before eating, to pay attention to your tasting and your taste sensations.

In order to progress in losing weight and maintaining it: pay attention to your satiety throughout the meal, to the disappearance of hunger thanks to taste/overall satiation.

If you feel like you have eaten too much at the end of the meal, it is because you are having difficulty taking into account your feeling of satiety. This habit of eating a little beyond your fullness makes you gain weight, because you are eating beyond your needs!

A simple tip can help you stop gaining weight: if you have eaten too much, wait until hunger returns before eating another meal. This will compensate for your excesses from the previous meal.

The tasting : It allows you to learn to taste and savor food: to take real pleasure in eating. You know how to taste when you know how to eat with a certain attention. Tasting is an essential element of the correct perception of our food sensations: it allows us to eat with greater awareness of our feelings of hunger and satiety, and therefore to respond well to the calorie calculator => meet our needs .

Be careful not to let your emotions push you to eat! Boredom, frustration, anger, sadness are all reasons that can make you eat without food sensations… try to detect them!

You now have all the cards in hand to quickly and easily regain your pre-pregnancy weight, now it’s up to you!

Let’s go!