Memorial Hermann - A New Beginning

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WEIGHT LOSS Although it may be a while before you get back down to your pre-pregnancy weight, you will lose some weight after giving birth. Between the weight of the baby, placenta, and amniotic fluid, you will probably be about 12-13 pounds lighter after the birth. And as your body’s fluid levels return to normal during the postpartum period, you will lose more weight. But remember, all new parents are different. Try not to be too hard on yourself if the weight doesn’t come off immediately. You’ll get there. Talk to your health care provider about exercises and nutritious eating programs to help you lose the weight and stay healthy. EXERCISE Talk to your health care provider about how soon you can start exercising and which activities are safe. Start slowly and don’t push yourself too hard. Taking the time to exercise will: • Give you more energy • Help you sleep better • Relieve stress • Help prevent postpartum depression Guidelines • Walk often—it’s a great way to start • Stay active for 20-30 minutes a day • Do simple exercises to strengthen back and stomach muscles • Drink plenty of water!

Did you know? Abdominal muscles may separate during pregnancy, which causes a visible bulge between them after giving birth. Ask your health care provider about specific exercises to help tone these muscles and how soon you can begin them.

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Your Guide to Postpartum and Newborn Care

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