Losing Weight after Having Twins

Many women, especially women who are pregnant with twins, like to hope that, once their babies are delivered, all of the weight that they gained during pregnancy will come right off, maybe even during delivery. Unfortunately, this is not the case. When you deliver twins, you will probably lose around 15 pounds of the 35 to 45 pounds that is normal (and that most health care providers recommend that you gain during a twin pregnancy) during the delivery process. The rest of the weight that you gained during pregnancy will take time to lose. Keep in mind, it took you 40 weeks to gain that extra weight, and that it might take another 40 to get it off. Still, there are things you can do to help during the postpartum period to help take off the weight after delivering twins. These include:

  • Eat a nutritious and balanced diet. Especially if you are breastfeeding, it is important that your body gets all of the nutrition that it needs. Still, avoiding foods that are high in saturated fats or empty calories can help you to start to slim back down.
  • Keep hydrated. Before and after you exercise, make sure you’re getting enough water. In addition, drinking 6 8 oz glasses of water a day will help with appetite control.
  • Most health care practitioners recommend that you wait until at least six weeks after delivery before you restart or start an exercise regimen. In general, this is good advice; your body has just been through a rather traumatic experience, and it needs time to recover. Still, even during this period you can walk, stretch, do pelvic tilts, do yoga and do kegel exercises.
  • After your health care provider gives you the OK to exercise, Focus on tummy exercises. crunches, pushups, and other toning exercises will help you loose weight where you need it most.
  • Cardiovascular exercises, as well, will help with rapid weight loss.
  • Make sure you are getting enough rest and relaxation. The harried life of a new mom can be stressful. This stress can lead to eating problems, and a lack of motivation for exercise.
  • Hook up with other new moms for exercise. Either exercise together, or take turns watching the babies so that each of you can get some exercise time in.
  • Vitamin supplements, while they are not a substitute for proper diet and exercise, can definitely aid the process of weight loss along. Use a daily multivitamin supplement that meets your daily requirements.

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