It's a common occurrence for moms everywhere. Gaining around 30 pounds during pregnancy is completely normal and taking that weight off after pregnancy can prove harder than anyone thinks. The stresses of having a new baby combined with a lack of sleep can make it difficult for new moms to focus on their own health, and lose weight after baby arrives. But it isn't impossible.

Be Patient With Yourself

Most doctors recommend waiting until you get approval from your doctor at your 6-week postpartum checkup before you begin exercising again. But, if you were exercising during your pregnancy you might not have to wait that long. The Mayo Clinic says it is safe to begin light exercise within days of delivery if you exercised throughout your pregnancy. Either way, give yourself time to recover before hitting a spin class. And if you had a C-section, you'll need to wait a bit longer. As far as reducing calories, if you're breastfeeding, it's recommended that you wait to cut calories until your baby is two months old.

Say No to Dieting

Dieting too soon after you have your baby can actually cause you to gain more weight, according to WebMD. This is because you're under a great deal of stress in your new role as mom to a newborn. Depriving yourself of your favorite foods will likely add to your stress and may cause you to binge eat. Instead of trying to completely avoid certain foods, eat in moderation. It's important to not dip below your recommended calories. Talk to your doctor about how many calories you should be getting, especially if you are breastfeeding.

Say Yes to Healthy, Super Foods

Some foods are just better for us. Try to incorporate super foods into your diet such as fish, leafy green veggies, and lean meats. These foods have lots of vitamins and protein but are low on fat and calories. Milk and yogurt are great food choices too, giving you the calcium you need.

Drink Water

As usual, water is the best drink you can find. Not only will it keep you hydrated and help you produce breast milk for your baby, but water has also been linked to increased metabolism. Be sure to drink those eight glasses a day by pouring yourself a glass every time you sit down to feed your baby.

Get Out and Walk

Once you're given to go ahead from your doctor, head out on some walks with your infant. Walking is a great way to burn calories, get some fresh air, and ease back into an exercise routine.

Breastfeed

Breastfeeding exclusively is great for both you and your baby. Breastfeeding boosts your baby's immunities, which can help keep her healthier for years to come, lowering the occurrence of respiratory infections and ear infections. Breast milk is easy for your baby to digest, is a natural laxative, contains vitamins and minerals, and can help protect your baby from obesity, allergies, asthma, and even diabetes. But breastfeeding also helps you lose weight: if you breastfeed exclusively for those first 6 months, you'll burn 300 calories a day.

Losing weight after having a baby takes time. It took you nine months to gain the weight and it will likely take nine months or more to lose it. So eat healthy and pace yourself, and you'll be on your way to a slimmer you.

Disclosure: We are not physicians or medical professionals. Please make sure to consult with your physician for health information regarding weight loss and exercise after pregnancy.