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How long does it usually take women to lose their weight after giving birth?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Varies: The first week or so after delivery weight loss is rapid- of course you have the weight of the baby, placenta and amniotic fluid from the actual delivery, but there is also a natural diuresis which happens during this time. After this initial loss it is healthy to aim to lose 1-2 pounds per month. Eat a well balanced diet, but don't skip meals or diet as this can negatively affect breastmilk.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
It varies a lot: During the first two months, a new mom should rest or just do light chores when the baby is sleeping. She should breastfeed the baby and should eat healthy foods (but not over-eat). After the first couple of months, mom can start exercising more, but the amount of weight loss will most likely depend on how many calories she eats each day.
Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
Pediatrics 30 years experience
Weight: It depends on how much weight one gains during pregnancy. In the first two - four weeks a woman loses 8-20 pounds (as the uterus contracts and body looses extra fluid). Breast feeding helps to lose weight quicker. Vigorous exercise should not be started for the first 6 weeks.

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