Why Is It Hard to Lose Baby Weight?

Having a child can be an amazing addition to your family due to the joys of parenting. However, it’s important to acknowledge the difficulties that come with pregnancy and childbirth. Many women gain weight which is completely normal during pregnancy. Depending on your weight prior to pregnancy, a woman can gain between 11 and 40 pounds. No matter how much weight you gained during pregnancy, you may notice that it’s much more difficult to shed the weight. If you are post-partum and can’t get the weight off fast, you may wonder, why is it hard to lose baby weight?

Why Is It Hard to Lose Baby Weight?

For those who are having trouble losing their baby weight, consider the following.

Lack of Sleep:

A new baby can impact your sleep dramatically. Research shows that new parents get roughly 5 to 6 hours of sleep each night. On average, each new parent loses almost two hours of sleep each night during the first year of having a new baby. It is recommended that adults get at least 7 hours of sleep each night for optimal health. If you are not getting enough sleep, it can lead to overeating and stress, which can keep the weight on. Consider talking with your doctor about sleep strategies so you can get more rest.


If you aren’t drinking enough water, it can impact your weight loss. This is because dehydration can sometimes be misinterpreted as hunger which can add extra calories to your day. Water also helps maintain your metabolism, which can help you shed more calories and pounds. Focus on drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day, and don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. Thirst is an indicator that you are already dehydrated.

Recovery Period:

One of the most difficult pressures after childbirth is the expectation of “bouncing back.” This is a lot of pressure and can be harmful to your physical and mental health. Depending on the difficulty of your pregnancy and childbirth, you may need extra time to heal. If you have unrealistic expectations about weight loss after childbirth, you may find yourself disappointed. Most women take between 6 months to 1 year to get back to their pre-pregnancy weight. Talk with your medical provider to ensure you are on the right track when it comes to losing the weight.

Weight Plateau:

Many women hit a plateau and just can’t seem to get the last few pounds off. These can be extremely frustrating and make you lose motivation. If you are drinking enough water, have adequately recovered, and are getting enough sleep, you may have just hit a stubborn plateau. Instead of losing motivation, consider a mommy makeover in Beverly Hills. The main goal of a mommy makeover is to restore your body to its pre-pregnancy condition. Depending on your unique needs, a mommy makeover can include a breast augmentation or lift, tummy tuck, liposuction or liposculpture, arm lift, thigh lift, facelift, or neck lift. If you have hit that weight plateau and do not feel like your body has fully bounced back, surgical intervention can completely transform your body.

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