I will be the first one to tell you, if you don't already know – when you are sleep deprived because you have a newborn baby to take care of, you don't want to workout or count calories and you don't have time to really focus on yourself. This just might be one of the reasons that new research has found a correlation between lack of sleep and lack of weight loss in new moms.
The study showed that mothers who slept five hours or less in a day when their babies were six months old were three times more likely to have kept on the extra weight at one year when compared to more rested mothers. On average, the underslept moms, at one year postpartum, were more likely to have kept on 11 pounds. The relationship between lack of sleep and weight gain is not new, but the study once again emphasizes the importance of sleep for physical health and in a special population. Losing weight gained with pregnancy is an important goal for maintaining a healthy lifetime weight. Getting the pounds off, may seem impossible, but it is well worth it.
Fit's Tip: One thing I trained myself to do was nap when my girls were napping. Sleeping during the day can make up for lost nighttime sleep.