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Pregnancy Weight Gain

How to lose pregnancy weight

For women who are pregnant, gaining weight is vital for a baby's health. As soon as the baby arrives however, most women can’t lose the extra pounds fast enough. But losing weight after giving birth is not the same as any other weight loss plan, especially if breastfeeding.

Keep in mind that during pregnancy it is of the utmost importance to have plenty of healthy calories and nutrients. Most doctors recommend 20-35 pounds of weight gain for women who had a normal BMI (body mass index) before getting pregnant. For women who were overweight before their pregnancy, 15-25 pounds is viewed as an appropriate gain.

Your body is very unique, especially during a pregnancy. It’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about how many pounds you need to gain during pregnancy. You are eating for yourself and the baby, so be sure to eat a very healthy diet and all of the prescribed prenatal vitamins. If you are overweight, pregnancy is not the time to go on a diet or try to lose weight.

Gradual Weight Loss

For a month and a half after the birth of your child you should not try any type of dieting. Women who have just given birth are in no shape to exercise consistently or be scrupulous about a diet plan. They should be concentrating on the baby, trying to eat healthy and sleeping. Losing the extra pounds should actually take about a year. The best way to drop your weight is slowly over time, about 2 lbs a week is a good template.

While you don’t want to rush into a serious hard core weight loss program, don’t procrastinate either. Studies have shown women who don’t get their pregnancy weight off within a year have a harder time losing it later. Plus, if you plan on having more children its optimal to be back at your healthy weight before conceiving again.

Breastfeeding and Diet

Moms who are breastfeeding should not go on any type of diet. You and your baby need calories and nutrients to get healthy and maintain energy. Most moms breast feed about 6 or 7 months, so you still have about six months to loss excess weight within the 1 year period considered optimum for losing pregnancy weight.

Not Breastfeeding and Diet

If you are a mom who is not breastfeeding, then a slow gradual weight loss is recommended. Always keep in mind you need to regain and maintain your energy. So, while you will want to shave off about 500 calories a day, the calories that remain need to be the healthiest and most powerful. Make sure you have plenty of protein, veggies and fruits. Also separate out your meals throughout the day (4 or 5); this will help balance your metabolism and energy. Try to forego any empty calories like alcohol or sweets.

Weight Loss After Pregnancy

Within 6 weeks of having their baby most women are ready to get out and about. Going for a walk with your baby is a great way to slowly work into physical activity. Don’t put off the sleep by trying to be supermom. Getting enough sleep is of the utmost importance and you need to try to make it a reality. You need at least 6 hours a night to have enough energy to concentrate on your newborn as well as yourself. Weight loss and leading a healthy lifestyle takes focus and commitment. Talk to your doctor, move gradually into your weight loss plan and try to get the best support system available. Congratulations on being a mom!


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I agree, plus junk food generally makes me feel lethargic, not a feeling most moms probably need.

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  about 7 years ago
AJ  

You make some good points here. One thing new moms need to remember is that while breastfeeding, you shouldn't diet, but you should eat healthy and stay away from junk food. Simply returning to a healthy diet and no longer eating for two will begin the process of losing weight without dieting.

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  about 7 years ago
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