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Weight Loss

After giving birth, much of the weight that remains is from excess fluid. The baby, placenta and amniotic fluid weigh approximately 12 pounds. It is normal to weigh the same or more after delivery as you did before you delivered - this is because of all of the fluids given to you during labor.

  • You may lose up to 20 pounds within 10 days after delivery.
  • It is best to lose about a 1/2 pound per week after the first 10 days.
  • Healthy exercise and nutritious eating will help you to return to pre-pregnancy weight.
  • Do not diet if breastfeeding - a sensible diet and exercise will help you to stay strong and lose weight.

Last Updated: 12/27/2013