Post-partum figure and body weight

In the initial days after the delivery, you will be several kilos lighter. These lost kilos include the weight of the baby, placenta, amniotic fluid and your shrinking uterus, among others. Your body will slowly regain its shape.

To a large extent, this process depends on:

  • the excess weight you already had,
  • how much you exercise,
  • your eating habits,
  • and whether or not you are breastfeeding.

Shortly after delivery

The first few days after giving birth, you will notice that you need to urinate more often. Your body is releasing all the excess fluid built up during your pregnancy.

The swelling in your legs, ankles, face and fingers will slowly go away. This process can take up to 14 days.

The other kilos

The other kilos, however, stick around for a bit longer. Give your body time to lose the excess weight responsibly.

During this period—particularly while breastfeeding—it is ill advised to start on a strict diet.

Pay particular attention to eating a healthy diet with plenty of fibre, fruit and vegetables, and be sure to abstain from alcohol if you are breastfeeding.

Last edit: 25 August 2021