Post-pregnancy Weight Loss-Define Aesthetics Blog

Post-pregnancy weight loss

By Define Aesthetics, August 3, 2016

Finally your bundle of joy is in your arms! Ability to create a life is an ultimate gift that god has given to women & you are enjoying that bliss of motherhood. This bliss comes along with a whole package though. There’s a lot a mother goes through post delivery. Sleepless nights, sudden change in hormone levels, sense of withdrawal & sense of new responsibility can leave you exhausted. All these take a toll on your fitness and health. Suddenly one day you look at yourself in the mirror and you see all that fat which was never there before. The flat tummy that you were once proud of has given way to bulging tummy with loose skin. You are not fitting into your favorite pair of skinny jeans anymore. How & when did this happen? What do I do now? …. Are the questions popping in your mind and this is definitely not helping your irregular hormones.

Post pregnancy belly fat

Well, let me tell you that all are not lost. All it requires is a little effort.

Post-pregnancy weight loss needs a multi-faceted approach-

  • You need to lose all the extra fat you have accumulated
  • Toning & correction of lose abdominal muscles
  • Tightening of the lose skin on your tummy

Let’s address the FAT first…

During pregnancy average weight gain is between 10- 12kgs but one can put on more or less weight depending upon various reasons. You do lose some of this weight immediately after delivery. About 2.5-3 kg of weight of the baby, half a kg weight of placenta & another 1 kg of amniotic fluid. Additionally you lose about 1.5-2.5 kg of weight as you water retention goes away in first week post delivery. This all adds up to 5.5-7 kg of weight. The rest of the weight you have gained is simply fat!

Proper nutrition is important especially when you are breast feeding. You just need 200- 300 extra calorie to feed a baby. Adequate protein intake, moderate carbohydrate intake using low glycaemic index food such as whole grains, are good approach to follow. Avoid trans-fat, sugar, processed food and aerated drinks which further may contribute to your weight. Eat well balanced meal, aim to eat variety of vegetables, drink plenty of water, keep yourself hydrated, and also ensure enough of fiber intake.

Getting into an exercise routine has lots of benefits besides post-pregnancy weight loss. It improves blood circulation, helps in regaining muscle strength and toning. Regular exercising also reduces stress and depression. You can do easy exercises at home like yoga, Pilates, body weight exercises etc. Begin your exercise slowly and progress gradually.

Toning & correction of lose abdominal muscles:

Abdominal Muscles Toning that helps in post-pregnancy weight loss

100% of women have some level of diastasis of the rectus abdominis in the third trimester. (Gilliard and Brown 1996, Diane Lee 2013)

Importantly, for many women the gap remains widened at 8 weeks, and left untreated, this distance at 8 weeks remains unchanged at 1 year postpartum. (Coldron et al 2008, Liaw et al 2011)

Diastases recti (also known as abdominal separation) is a disorder defined as a separation of the rectus abdominal muscle right and left halves. The split occurs at the mid-line collagen structures of connective tissue at the front of the abdomen. Normally, the two sides of the muscle are joined at the linea alba at the body midline.

Correction of this condition requires specific exercises & physiotherapy.

Tightening of the lose skin on your tummy:

Your abdominal skin stretches a lot to accommodate the baby during pregnancy. This can leave you with a lot of lose skin & stretch marks post delivery. Following a god lifestyle, post natal exercises & massage can help to solve this to some extent.

Define Aesthetics approach:

At Define Aesthetics combination of technologies like Ion Magnum & Ultrasonic lipolysis is used for fat loss, especially for post-pregnancy weight loss. When we exercise our brain sends signals to the corresponding muscles. Ion Magnum mimics these signals so that the muscle tissue is made to believe that it is performing a muscle-toning workout. In return what you get is the benefits of an intense, professional workout minus the pain, physical exertion or inconvenience of conventional exercise.  Ion Magnum reduces both surface & visceral fat & also builds muscles & improves muscle mass. This naturally increases metabolic rate which further initiates weight loss. High Focused Ultrasound treatment (HFU) uses targeted ultrasound energy to burst fat cells without damaging surrounding tissues. The released fat is used up in the body. Our body cannot form new fat cells after a specific age, so the destroyed fat cells are never replaced. Less fat cells means less space for body to deposit fat. If one follows a healthy lifestyle that we advise our patients; these results are permanent. Our expert doctors advise you on exercises required for correction of divarication and we use physiotherapy muscle conditioning technique to correct the muscle. Radiofrequency heats up collagen and elastin in your skin increasing formation of new fibers & thereby tightening the skin. It also helps to reduce stretch marks. Our doctors also guide you on healthy eating and lifestyle management.

These are all Non-surgical & FDA approved technologies. There are absolutely NO SIDE EFFECTS. Moreover, all the treatments are planned and monitored by our expert doctors making sure you reach your goals.

Dr. Sheetal Badami
M.B.B.S., D.A.
SCOPE Certified Obesity Physician
Director, Define Aesthetics

References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14534032

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2968609

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2930888

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