New mom: facts about weight loss after delivery!
Your body experiences many changes during pregnancy, and now after delivery, your goal is to regain your pre-pregnancy weight and maintain it. And to achieve your goal, you are ready to go on any strict diet! But be patient and consult your doctor about the right time to start following a diet and the right diet for you.
Hormonal changes: its effect on your weight
Pregnancy is a physiological phase that’s accompanied by temporary changes in women’s bodies; the most important of which is weight gain. Can women regain their figure or is the weight increase going to be a problem?
- During pregnancy: weight gain is experienced due to hormonal changes especially in estrogen and progesterone, which can result in water retention, in addition to the weight of the placenta, the baby and the amniotic fluid.
- Post-delivery (immediately): anticipate that your weight will decrease approximately by half because of the delivery of your baby as well as the elimination of the placenta and amniotic fluid. Pregnancy hormone levels will decrease, so their effect on water retention will gradually be reduced and this further reduces your weight.
- Post-delivery phase: following a regular moderate exercise plan and a balanced diet will help you reduce your weight.
Does weight loss affect milk production for breastfeeding?
Experts warn that following a strict low-calorie diet can lower milk production by 15%, and in some cases, lowering the calorie further can cause the milk to stop. So, consult a dietitian to guide you to the right way for weight loss without affecting your milk flow.
Does breastfeeding accelerate weight loss?
Studies show that breastfeeding can help you get to your pre-pregnancy weight gradually, and it causes your uterus to shrink to its original size.
Breastfeeding for more than three months speeds up your weight loss and helps you lose the body fat gained during pregnancy. But this doesn’t mean that you can overeat.
Most important of all, remember to:
- Follow a balanced diet. It’s always recommended to consult a dietician to provide you with an individualized diet.
- Lose the extra kilograms gradually (1/2 Kg per week), especially if you are breastfeeding so your milk production will not be affected.
- Perform some kind of physical activity regularly such as walking briskly at least 3 times per week
- Be aware of the calories and quantity of fat consumed.
- Limit portion sizes
- Consult your doctor for follow-up and for any concerns.
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