In the year 2021, the authors of a2019 study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine reported that postpartum weight fluctuations during and immediately following pregnancy can indeed have serious long term health implications for all women. According to the lead authors of the article, weight fluctuations during and immediately following pregnancy are common and often overlooked. Women who had gained or lost weight within the past year are particularly vulnerable to postpartum weight fluctuations. This is because of the fact that women regain about one half of their weight after giving birth and again gaining or losing another half within a year. However, postpartum weight loss can also reduce the likelihood of developing long-term obesity and pre-adolescent weight gain.
Women who had gained or lost weight within the past year are particularly vulnerable to postpartum weight loss due to the fact that the body quickly regain its energy stores and needs. During and immediately following pregnancy, women usually consume high levels of energy and nutrients, leading to excess fat gain within months of giving birth. Because women usually regain most of the weight they had lost within a short period of time, many mothers are unaware that they should begin a healthy lifestyle change such as eating healthy foods and engaging in regular exercise to put a stop to binge eating and over indulgence. In addition to overeating, many mothers consume large amounts of junk food during postpartum. In this regard, it is important for women to be aware that there are ways to put an end to their addiction to junk food.
According to several studies, exercise is the best way to control weight gain in postpartum weeks. In fact, researchers recommend that women who breastfeed for at least six months or more postpartum are encouraged to begin an exercise program within four weeks after giving birth to maintain healthy weight gain. Some researchers believe that breast-feeding helps women put weight back on through breastfeeding, especially when the mother consumes a healthy diet. When a woman is not actively breastfeeding, she can still achieve weight control by adding exercise to her daily routine.
If you are planning on breast-feeding, remember to allow your baby enough time to get used to nursing. It takes time for new mothers to return to their pre-baby bodies and gain back their natural appetite. Conversely, some women find that their postpartum weight loss is more difficult if they are nursing for longer periods of time. It is important to keep track of how much you are nursing, how often you feed your baby and when you start to put back on the weight you have lost.
Some women find that their postpartum weight loss is easier if they follow a healthy diet, which has been recommended by experts for postpartum women. It takes time for the body to adjust to new foods, so it may be best to stick to familiar dishes and avoid heavy meals until the baby is older. Lighten up on eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins like fish, tofu, chicken, and eggs.
Losing weight after pregnancy requires more effort than simply stopping eating altogether. However, if you are determined to lose weight, the support system you have available during your postpartum period can make the extra effort worth your time and energy. Remember to take care of yourself before and during your pregnancy and give birth. If you are able to successfully follow a healthy diet, you will also help your baby weight after giving birth as well.