Congratulations, you are a new mother! Now that you have given birth, most likely you are ready to start losing that baby weight and to get back in shape.
But hold on, not so quick; most healthcare professionals agree that you should not start trying to lose weight or to back get in shape until you have completed your six-week postpartum checkup, two months, if you are breastfeeding. Once cleared by your doctor or at the two-month mark, respectively, consider these four things.
1) Don’t Diet
Strict, restrictive diets don’t work and in most cases, they do more harm than good to both you and your new baby. As a new breastfeeding mother, you most likely need to eat 1,800 to 2,200 calories per day to keep your milk supply adequate; some mothers need as high as 2,500 calories per day.
If you are not breastfeeding, then you should eat between 1,500 to 1,800 calories.