If you nurse then you shouldn't diet. On the plus side, nursing helps your uterus return to size more quickly and you burn up to 500 calories while nursing/producing milk.
I was 169 pre-pregnancy. With the benefits of nursing and doing a vegan fast for 40 days. I eventually got to 120 lbs. I'm 5'3. I felt great and not deprived at all. I ate avocado daily and hummus. I focused on whole grains and minimal processed food, lots of veggies, leafy greens cooked and raw.
Post fast I have struggled to maintain that level of discipline but my weight is stable, 126 at 6 weeks pregnant.
I want to do a modified variation by incorporating bone broth, eggs and small amounts of meat and seafood. Eating that way I felt my best and lost weight I struggled with for years.
I'm in my 3rd pregnancy, with my last (my daughter is ONLY 17 months :-/) I had to have a csection so it was very slow going for me. I didn't start working out for about 3 months after birth. I would walk a block or two but not my normal 3 mile run. Listen to your body do what's best for you. I nursed so I didn't really diet, just ate a very healthy clean diet, lots of water, fruits, veggies, protein and limited carbs-no sugars. If you are going to nurse be careful because if you limit food & water intake along with too much exercise your milk supply will decrease. It was a hard long 3 months w/ out working out because it just makes me feel happy and have energy. You'll get back to where you want to be it just takes awhile. As far as everyone commenting on your weight-don't even worry about that (it ***** and is sooo rude though), everybody and every pregnancy is different. I always gain most of my weight right away and depending on how far you are until you really pop the belly out you just look fat ( I always do) once the belly starts sticking out then you look prego. Once you deliver you drop about 15 lbs right away.
My doctor said to wait at least 3 months. Then you have time to heal from the birth and your milk supply will be regulated enough to not be too affected. Best thing to do is take it slow and do some walking or mild cardio. Work up to weight lifting and heavier cardio. Make sure you eat good calories and drink lots of water.
I had my baby 5 days ago and I've lost 17 pounds without dieting. I was breastfeeding hut because of the pain from mu birth I can't. Don't sweat it, the weight will come off
4 weeks is a good guide unless you have a c sec. Nothing too strenuous and no dieting. Walking with your baby is a good way to start. Your body will tell you. Ignore the comments of others. Other people often suck!
There is no exact time, its when you're ready and youll kbow when youre ready, if you're breastfeeding having a balance diet will help you lose weight but also Be safe for baby, no fad diets haha