Many changes occur during pregnancy, including those that occur in the body. This makes some mothers fear their body shape will change after pregnancy. However, with a little effort (exercise and regulating food intake), it is not impossible for mothers to get their body shape back. Don't worry, the stomach after giving birth will soon shrink again. But, when?
When does the stomach after childbirth begin to shrink again?
For nine months, your stomach continues to grow during pregnancy. This makes your abdominal muscles stretch. So, naturally, if your body needs time to restore its shape as before pregnancy.
But don't worry too much, because your stomach will shrink soon after giving birth. Babies, placenta, and amniotic fluid that comes out during childbirth, make your stomach not as big as when you were pregnant. You will lose about 5 kg of body weight after you give birth.
Even though you have lost some weight after giving birth, but your stomach may still look like when you are pregnant for several months. This is normal and only takes a few weeks to make it smaller.
It takes about 4-6 weeks for the uterus to shrink back. However, it takes several months for the skin to restore elasticity. The time needed for the stomach to return to size like before pregnancy may vary by mother. This depends on many factors, such as:
- Body size before you get pregnant
- The weight you get during pregnancy
- How active you are in your activities or doing sports
- Heredity factor
- If this is your first pregnancy
Some things can be done to speed up the stomach deflating
There are a number of things you can do to make the size of your stomach shrink again as before pregnancy. Among them, namely:
Breastfeeding makes the body burn more calories, around 500 calories per day. This certainly helps you in losing weight after giving birth. So, your stomach will shrink even faster. Not only that, while breastfeeding the body also releases hormones that trigger uterine contractions. This makes the uterus shrink faster, so that the stomach after giving birth can shrink faster.
This should also be supported by adequate food intake. If you eat more than your needs, of course this can actually make weight loss run more difficult.
Adjust your diet
According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), healthy eating habits that have begun during pregnancy can make you approach your normal weight faster a few months after giving birth.
Even though you want to get your body shape as before, you are not advised to limit your food intake. You only need to adjust your diet. Some things that can help you achieve normal weight after giving birth are:
- Don't skip breakfast time
- Eat lots of vegetables and fruits, at least five servings per day
- Eat lots of fibrous foods, such as wheat, oats, nuts, and seeds
- You can replace your main carbohydrate source with those with more fiber, such as brown rice, whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta or potatoes
- Set your meal portion, don't overdo it
- Pay attention to the amount and type of snacks you eat
To compensate for the calories that enter your body, you need to exercise. Exercise can help burn more calories and also help tighten the abdominal muscles so that the stomach will shrink faster.
Start exercise with a mild type of exercise. Doing pelvic floor or kegel exercises can help you tighten your abdominal muscles. Walking leisurely in the morning while taking your baby for a walk can also be done. In essence, keep your body active.
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