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Sleep Necessary for New Moms to Lose Weight

New Moms Need Their Zs to Lose Lbs.

I will be the first one to tell you, if you don't already know – when you are sleep deprived because you have a newborn baby to take care of, you don't want to workout or count calories and you don't have time to really focus on yourself. This just might be one of the reasons that new research has found a correlation between lack of sleep and lack of weight loss in new moms.

The study showed that mothers who slept five hours or less in a day when their babies were six months old were three times more likely to have kept on the extra weight at one year when compared to more rested mothers. On average, the underslept moms, at one year postpartum, were more likely to have kept on 11 pounds. The relationship between lack of sleep and weight gain is not new, but the study once again emphasizes the importance of sleep for physical health and in a special population. Losing weight gained with pregnancy is an important goal for maintaining a healthy lifetime weight. Getting the pounds off, may seem impossible, but it is well worth it.

Fit's Tip: One thing I trained myself to do was nap when my girls were napping. Sleeping during the day can make up for lost nighttime sleep.

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Xena Xena 9 years
schnappycat all i have to say is enjoy your sleep while you can right now. Lay in bed and know you can sleep for as long as you want, because after you have the baby you won't sleep the same until the baby is old enough to move out of the house.
kcboyer kcboyer 9 years
Get out! Mom's need extra sleep to stay healthy? Who knew?
bushra bushra 9 years
i'm still waiting for the sleep to catch up with me. when my son was born it was such a huge deal because he was my in-law's first grandson. as a result the visitors never really stopped for the first month and sleeping when the baby slept was darned impossible. so somehow i've muddled through and i'm still not sleeping during the day. three months in the energy in my legs has returned (i had a c-section) and i'm using the rest of my maternity leave to finally get in shape and getting active. i like to keep busy anyway so i've managed to look after baby, started eating less and exercising more and feel a lot better for it. schnappycat: there's no point to fret about your figure, the changes to your body will happen like 'em or not. i'm sure if you're really determined you'll find a way to make things work :) good luck in 7 weeks!
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
I'm expecting my first in about 7 weeks and this terrifies me (I've heard this before). I worked very hard a few years ago to lose 30 pounds and was fairly happy with my pre-baby figure and really want to be able to get it back ASAP with lots of exercise and good diet. And I've never been able to nap during the day, ever. Maybe total exhaustion will change that so I can get some extra sleep. Otherwise, I fear what will happen with no sleep and no exercise time/ability (especially in the winter here).
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