Tips on getting back into shape after having a C-section?

I had my second child four weeks ago via c section. My body changed a lot this pregnancy, and I’m anxious to lose the baby weight. I know my doctor told me not to diet/exercise until I’ve been cleared at my six weeks check-up, but I’m trying to make a game plan for when that happens. I’ve never dieted before, so I don’t know what works or how to start. Google searches have mostly confused me. And I know you can’t do certain exercises after having had a c section. I expect it to be difficult. With a two-year-old and a newborn and almost no help, I rarely have time to myself; I’m hoping to find something real. What did y’all do/not do to get at least somewhat back into shape after baby? And I know not to expect to look exactly like I did before


Weight watchers did it for

Keto did it for me and MY husband!

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Breast feeding helps the weight fall off and the obvious don’t eat bad foods, then slowly get into walking or some kind of exercise

Eat lots of fruits and vegetables because they have very little calorie and can fill you up while keeping your calorie intake low. I eat a regular breakfast and the rest of the day is just fruits and veggies. Also, if you take supplements such as vitamins and fiber, I prefer powder over gummy bears and pills because the water you need to mix with the powder does a great job of filling you up, which will help keep your calorie count low. If you’re hungry, eat a fruit or vegetable or drink lots of water. Never allow your body to go hungry because it will think you’re food deprived and store more calories from the little food you do eat. This is why crash diets only work short term.

I lost 30 lbs doing that. Albeit, I’ve never been pregnant so you’ll have to account for that difference.

I did 1,500 calories or less a day until I got where I wanted to be.

Whole 30 was the most effective thing I’ve done. It is quite a bit of prep and fresh food is more expensive than processed food but yuh can do it. Shop Aldis and fruit stands for as much as possible. And if you’re breastfeeding make sure you are eating enough calories. Start walking with the kids if you can. Also check YouTube for postpartum yoga. But definitely wait until you are cleared for exercise…your body has gone through a lot and needs to heal properly. Good luck!

I would say start slowly, maybe begin with walking and then jogging.

Breastfeed if you can & speed walking pushing the stroller , both of mine were csections. Recovery isn’t easy but just don’t over do it with lifting and bending

After section 4/84, 5/85. I walked alot, eat healthy and don’t skip breakfast! Back in shape for bikini season 7/85.

Look into the keto diet. Cutting out carbs and sugar helps the extra weight fall off fast. It worked well for me!

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Don’t be fooled into thinking a temporary diet is going to get you where you want to be. If you want a long term solution, you’re going to have to adopt some long term habits. I think the biggest things that helped me were trying to eliminate as much processed food as possible, preparing most of my meals at home, and not drinking my calories (unless it was alcohol lol) Ditch anything that isnt water, coffee or tea and you will drop the pounds without any effort on your part. Try not to view the changes you make as you going without or giving up something. It’ll just make you feel deprived and you’ll over compensate later. Finding healthy foods and recipes that you truly enjoy is key. There is no miracle “diet” that will solve all your problems. Diets like keto are only sustainable for the short term…once you ever start eating carbs again you’ll pack on the pounds like mad…and you will have done like so many other folks do and have dieted yourself to a higher weight than what you started at.

Exercise is good too, obviously…pushing 2 kids for an hour in a stroller burns 500 calories or more …(but pushing 2 kids for that long is easier said than done lol) Do what you can, when you can. When my newborn is napping, I exercise with dumbbells while watching Sesame Street with my 2 year old.

Buy a scale and weigh yourself once a week, on the same day.

Learn to eat slowly and to stop when you’re full. I find myself eating because my nerves are frazzled and I want to calm down a lot :grimacing:

Little changes make such a huge difference over time. Idk, I could say more but I dont want to sound like a douchebag so I’ll stop there :woman_shrugging:

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Snacking instead of full on meals 3x a day works wonders. If you like things like bread, pasta rice or potatoes just make it the size of your fist. Protein will be your best friend. *** IF YOU LIKE CELERY EAT IT…IT WILL KEEP YOU HYDRATED AND HAS 3X THE AMOUNT OF POTASSIUM THAN BANANAS OR EAT CUCUMBER…IT HAS MANY BENEFITS. BUT BOTH OF THESE ARE GREAT FOR GETTING RID OF WATER WEIGHT AND FLUSHING YOUR SYSTEM. Drink a lot of water…a big water bottle helped me :heart:. I would fill it up at least 4x a day. Exercises like yoga is great for new mom’s…(when cleared). It’s peaceful, easy for beginners (it’s done in stages) and it’s a huge fat burner!!! It can also help with relaxation.

If your breastfeeding then look up diets that are safe. You don’t want to cut out things the baby needs.

But if your wanting to start now. Cut out sugars and processed food.

Yse myfitnesspal app, and they will tell you how many calories, and include your exercise and hold you accountable. If you worked out before baby, you can ease back into whatever that was (maybe not heavy weightlifting). I ran through my pregnancy, and after my csec, I started with biking, then walk/jog, then running. You can start 4 weeks after, but if it hurts - STOP. Listen to your body. Good luck.


Protein and lots of veggies and fruit. Start w eating small portions 6x daily eat less more frequent. The veggies and fruit will help you recover fast. The protein is also to help heal your c-section. BTW I’ve had 2.

Once you have clearance 21 day fix! The work outs and meal planning is awesome

Walking and clean eating. It wont be fast but it’ll be stable weight loss and healthy.

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I didn’t have a c section but I did have some issues after birth. After I healed up I used my kids to help lose weight. It was fun for them and me. I would hold my oldest under her arms (she was almost 2) and stand up. Then I would lower her down and half way up then give her a kiss then go up as high as I could then back down half way then give her another kiss. Repeat. After my 2nd was about 2 months I would hold him like I would if I was going to feed him and squat down then back up and kissed him each time too, repeat. Even now they are 6 and 7 years old and I lay flat on the ground and put my legs up and they lay on my feet and I go up and down with my legs. They act like an airplane while I’m getting exercise. I also walked a lot, I had a double stroller for them and would walk up and down the road. I did diet but I was not breastfeeding. I cut out bread potatoes and soda which I cut my soda intake while pregnant.

Eat healthy, portioned foods, lots of water, and make it a routine to walk at LEAST once a day for 30-40 minutes, until you’re CLEARED by your doctor! :blush: those changes in it self will help significantly.