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.