Weight gain during and after pregnancy is the main concern of the new moms. Post Partum weight gain not only takes a toll on the mothers’ health but also affects her self confidence to some extent. Through this article I intend to take you all through my journey of post partum weight loss over a period of 4months.
Being pregnant was the finest gifts from God but along it came the weight gain. I started my pregnancy at 68 kilos (I was overweight for my height). Since it was my first pregnancy I was pampered to the core both by my husband and mom, didn’t pay attention to what I was eating and being a foodie, I gave into my cravings. The result being that I almost hit a whooping 90kilos on the weighing scale at the end of 9months.
Post delivery, I was so overwhelmed..the initial days of motherhood kept me so busy that I didn’t pay attention to my health. I was so upset with the weight gain that I started loosing self confidence – didn’t like to dress up like I used to before. Continuous breastfeeding would lead to hunger pangs and I would just eat what was easily available. Being in a nuclear set up abroad handling the baby with loads of house work daily would leave me with no time for myself.
I was 80 kilos when my baby turned 1 and this is when I decided to loose weight and get back in shape..so that I’m healthy and happy. That was the only way I could keep my baby happy too.. and then started ‘my weight loss’ journey.
So, what did I really do?
To start with self control and dedication are the keys to weight loss..I started with dieting and since I was still breastfeeding I had to eat healthy to keep up with my baby’s demand of breast milk. Gradually, I reduced the frequency and completely stopped breastfeeding during the nights..this helped me get a good 8 hr sleep which would keep me fresh during the day.
My diet included the following
Breakfast : A cup of milk tea with one teaspoon sugar and a bowl of cereal with milk.
Mid Morning : Green salad which included carrots, cucumber and salad leaves.
Lunch: One piece of grilled chicken with one chapati and a bowl of cooked veg/dal.
Evening : before work out a glass of fresh orange juice.
After work out one oats biscuit with sugarless black tea.
Half an hour before dinner green salad which included carrots, cucumber and salad leaves.
Dinner: one piece of grilled chicken with one chapati a bowl of veg/dal.
After a week I got into the routine of the diet and work out which eventually increased my stamina. Having a small baby did not permit me to prepare special diet food or salads. Instead, I changed my way of cooking by reducing the amount of oil or ghee being used..I omitted rice, sweets, chocolates for four months. (I have sweet tooth and would indulge in desserts after every meal).I stuck to this diet without cheating even on weekends.
I followed this routine strictly for four months with complete dedication and continued breastfeeding my baby during the day time only. In a months time I was 5 kilos less…This amazing result kept me going until I achieved my target weight of 60kilos at the end of four months.
I hope this write up gives you some inspiration. So, good luck to all you mommies… if “I can do it you can do it too…”
About the author : Kausar Memon – Baig is a dentist by profession and is now on her Mommy break. Originally from Mumbai, she now lives in Abha, Saudi Arabia with her husband and 22 month old daughter. Kausar is a fitness freak, loves to travel, to cook unusual food, is a follower of latest trends in fashion and loves engaging with new mommies in different forums to learn more about raising kids in a different and creative way.
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