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

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Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Laura Webb
Dr. Laura Webb
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